Our next film is “Medellin,” the ultra-violent story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, starring Vincent Chase in a fat suit and bad makeup that makes him look like the love child of Jiminy Glick and a case of Twinkies. This movie gives a whole new meaning to the word “unwatchable.” At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, “Medellin,” from wunderkind director Billy Walsh, was all the buzz…until people actually saw it at the now-legendary Hindenburg of a screening which I myself attended. Now I usually keep my opinions to myself until we review a film on this show, but I got on my feet and booed with the rest of the angry mob. I would have thrown fruit if I’d had some.
Filmed mostly in subtitles with the American actors affecting comically bad accents, this film manages to suck in two languages. This is an unspeakably awful, unintentionally funny exploitation film with some of the most worst directing and acting this side of an Ed Wood film festival. Can it be that hack actor Johnny “Drama” is actually the more talented of the Chase brothers? Upon a second viewing, this film was even worse than I remembered.
It’s a real disappointment too because Vincent Chase was an actor I put on my list of the Top 10 stars to watch in 2005. I don’t know if he needs a better agent or a competent director or talent pills, but he just may be on my list of stars to watch fade in 2009.
Anyway, mercifully theaters have been spared the horror of actually showing this film. “Medellin,” at a budget I cannot imagine, has gone straight to DVD and can be found at your local drugstore, in the bargain bin right next to the Double-A batteries and Chapstik.