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Better yet, the trailer ended with anofficial website for this not-so-real film.
Medellin Trailer and Site
From writer/director Billy Walsh (Queens Boulevard, Grand Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival) comes Medellin, the story of the most ruthless drug dealer in the history of the world. Set against the backdrop of the 80s cocaine craze Medellin is the story of Pablo Escobar (Vincent Chase): the legend and the man. Born to a teacher and peasant in a Colombian village, it was clear from a young age that Pablo Escobar had appetites beyond what his small town could provide — including a penchant for young women such as the village beauty played by newcomer Leili Cochoco.
In an epic tour de force, Medellin tells the unvarnished story of the man Forbes Magazine once named the seventh-richest man in the world — and the blood he shed to get there. Taking on small-time dealers, drug cartels, Colombian and U.S. government forces, Pablo Escobar built the powerful Cartel de Medellín, leaving countless enemies in his wake. Escobar offered only two choices for those who stood in his way — bribery or death. And yet, the man suspected of assassinating presidential candidates, bombing Avianca Flight 203 and providing cocaine to 80 percent of the world’s cocaine market, seemed to be above the law.
Vincent Chase, as you’ve never seen him before, reveals the human side of the monster, and Medellin explores why this charismatic murderer and drug kingpin also had many followers. A Colombian Robin Hood, building cathedrals, homes and football stadiums for the poor in the small towns like the one he came from, Escobar’s fans sought to protect him with the same dedication that his enemies reserved for retribution.
Facing extradition to the United States, Escobar builds himself a palatial prison, agreeing to a five-year sentence. But when he finds out his government intends to move him, Escobar escapes La Catedral. His escape triggers an all-out man hunt, and in a heart-pounding climax, it takes US Delta Forces, NAVY SEALS, the Colombian army and the vigilante group Los Pepes to bring him down.
Reviled by millions, mourned by his people, Pablo Escobar stirs passions to this day. Medellin traces the life, lusts and complexities of Colombia’s most notorious citizen.
Fistfights notwithstanding, the ‘Medellin’ leak turns out to be a blessing: Ari’s office has been flooded with calls looking to cash in on Vince’s sudden marketability. But, the agent promises Vince he’ll convince Dana Gordon, who’s back on top after Ari got her fired from Warner Bros., to attach Vince to a mountain-hiking story called ‘Lost in the Clouds.’ Also, Elvis Mitchell from Interview magazine is in town to meet Vince, E and Walsh about the genius behind ‘Medellin.’ The trio makes it through the meeting without a meltdown, but afterward, a shirtless Walsh (complete with a monstrous ‘Medellin’ tattoo on his back) chases E’s Aston-Martin down the street. Swearing he’ll never speak to the director again after the release of ‘Medellin,’ E takes a call from Ari who’s sold Dana on his dream team: "Who wants to climb Mount Annapurna," he asks. "Vinny stars, E produces, Walsh directs. Boom."
Restaurants aren’t treating Ari well either. When a Morton’s valet accidentally gives his car – along with the Shyamalan script – to a stranger, Ari tracks down his ride using GPS. A 140 mph speeding ticket lands him in jail on the way home, but at least he has plenty of time to read. Out for drinks at Winston’s, Drama manages to hook the mayor up with a hottie without Vince’s aid but receives bad news when the bouncer says she’s a tranny. The good news? The mayor doesn’t care. With Drama’s zip code all but updated, he shifts his attention to the awkward ballet unfolding around Harvey, who’s come along with E to "celebrate the sale." Neither Vince nor E has the cojones to break off the deal, especially when Harvey works himself into a lather over a botched drink order. As the bouncer drags him out of the bar, Drama – elated in his victory – steps in to do the deed: "You can’t buy the movie. Sorry bro."
The next day Ari, haggard but prepared, meets Shyamalan in his office only to find the filmmaker has rewritten the script. "Here, read it," he tells Ari. "I’ll wait." It seems Drama has wasted the previous evening as well when Turtle shows him the latest gossip online: a video of the mayor escorting his "lady" to the car, which ends in a Britney-esque crotch shot – and two nasty surprises. "Don’t know how much longer he’ll be mayor," Turtles remarks.
In a major role-reversal, Vince and the guys are crashing at Drama’s
place. While Turtle tries to identify the senior Chase’s whacked-out
health food – "What’s a psyllium husk, anyway?" – the man of the house
returns, offering bagels and good news. Donna Devaney, an L.A. party
girl from Drama’s surprisingly lengthy past, has finally agreed to hook
up with him. Plus, she has a hot friend for Turtle. Vince and E aren’t
sitting so pretty with the Medellin cut, so E tries giving Walsh some
notes to spruce up the film. Predictably militant about protecting his
vision, Walsh won’t cooperate, and making things worse, has already
sent a print to the Cannes Film Festival. E runs to Ari for a solution
and settles on the option to ditch Walsh by selling the movie to Harvey
Vince rolls with his brother and Turtle, promising not to steal their
thunder, and they couldn’t be more thrilled when he hops out at a stop
light to join a random hottie in a convertible. She takes him to the
home of her "family friend" to go swimming, which turns out to be
Dennis Hopper’s beach house. Hopper and his buddies tempt Vince into
placing a $100,000 bet – that he can’t cover – on a soccer game. The
future holds less uncertainty for Drama and Turtle; their cougars are
ready to pounce. Too bad for Turtle, Donna’s "hot" friend Marjorie is
twice his age, not to mention twice his size. But, in a typical turn of
Drama’s luck, Donna decides at the last minute to opt for Turtle,
leaving Drama manhandled by Marjorie in the hot tub. Vince’s soccer win
comes through, infusing him with some much-needed cash, but he and E
still differ on the direction they want to take ‘Medellin.’ When E says
Harvey made an offer of $25 million, Vince throws him for another loop:
Cannes accepted the film.
"Maybe you should watch it again," Vince