Updated on February 8, 2006, 10:22 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Never in my life could I possibly have imagined that I would sympathize with a drug dealer. Drugs are illegal, no glorify, wastes of lives. They cause problems in both the mind and the physical body, and not to mention the social lives of the user. To me the abuser isn't exactly the person at fault, but it's the dealer… the shipper… the manufacturer. In my eyes, those who make these immoral drugs available are people of no worth who cannot do a decent job for a decent reason. The story of George Jung in the movie Blow, directed by Ted Demme and starring Johnny Depp, changes my view. I managed to actually see the human side behind some of these monsters, and discovered that not all involved in drug trafficking are wholly evil.
I can't say how many times I've seen this movie, but I can assure that it has been quite a few. The first time I saw it I felt very down. I felt so much pity for the man who had tried to leave behind his ugly past life for a quiet life with his daughter, who he loved more than anything in the world. The sad truth was that he only knew how to do one thing well and that was the only way he knew how to make money. The movie puts a face to these faceless monsters, which are destroying the minds of our fellow Americans, that we create in our mind. The face we are introduced to is one of a boy who grew up in a family of money problems. Despite his father telling him that, "Money isn't real," young George doesn't grasp his meaning and swears never to be poor. When he is unable to figure out what to do with his life he comes upon drugs. Drugs take a hold on his life, and he soon becomes ensconced in the profit he can receive from transporting them into the country. The background we receive adds that much more pity and understanding of where this person is coming from and what possibly was going through his mind. It takes his going to jail to make him an even larger monster.
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