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Film Review: The Two Escobars Scores at Both Ends

Co-director Michael Zimbalist. Courtesy of ESPN Films 30 for 30.
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Rarely, if ever, do stories exist in a vacuum. Instead, they are mere moments that capture a feeling, a scene, but never the whole scope of the issue. And oftentimes, in the shadowy bits curled up at the edge of a good tale, the most interesting, well-connected bits are waiting to be discovered. But even that part is just part of the story.

The Two Escobars, one of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series standouts that has broken free of its limited release, explores and exposes the idea of two parallel stories, intertwined and inextricably linked. The two titular Escobars (Andres: stoic and moral Colombian soccer star, and Pablo: highly motivated Colombian drug lord) seemingly could not be farther from one another (they are unrelated), but here are expertly pressed together on celluloid through a winding, fascinating tale of drugs, soccer, politics, and murder.