On the trail of Mex­ico’s King of Co­caine

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvd / Blu-ray - Nar­cos: Com­plete Sea­son 1 Ar­row Films, cert 15 DVD 4-disc set £29.99

THE story be­hind Mex­ico’s blood-splat­tered drugs war un­folds in cin­e­matic qual­ity in this Net­flix se­ries about Pablo Es­co­bar (Wag­ner Moura), the ‘King of Co­caine’.

Be­tween 1977 and 1992, Es­co­bar’s Medellin car­tel sup­plied 70% of the coke that flooded across the US bor­der. Es­co­bar’s com­bi­na­tion of ruth­less mob boss and car­ing fam­ily man is well played by Moura, who oozes the machismo of a man who used mur­der and bribes to build an em­pire. Mean­whileSteveMur­phy (Boyd Ho­brook) is the DEA agent try­ing to bring the car­tel down as bod­ies pile up. Its 10 episodes are up­there with The Wire­for­dra­mat­i­cau­then­tic­ity, andSea­son 2 opens to­mor­row.

Name a re­cent hit film about­theMex­i­can­drug­wars. En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Nar­cos com­pe­ti­tion.

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