Toss a million dollars a week my way and you may be surprised what I’d be willing to do…I’m sure drug smuggling is somewhere on the list…
A high school drop out, Nate Norman’s life doesn’t add up to much. Like anyone though, he has dreams of turning his life around any way he can. With inspiration from a simple magazine page, he begins looking into the drug smuggling business. Having no clue what he is doing, he enters a dangerous game, learning all that he can along the way. Eventually clearing one million dollars a week, Nate continues to display a professional attitude toward those he conducts business with. Unfortunately though, it only takes one “new guy” to tear a well designed plan into shreds.
Think back to Scarface. Tony Montana was a no body who wanted the world through any means he could get it. Nate might not have been in the same mind set, originally only wanting to have made enough money for a bike shop, but he did become consumed by greed very quickly. How can you turn down the thrill of being able to own the things you had always dreamed of with what seems like chump change because you have so much money? Sounds great actually! But we did see what happened to Mr. Montana…
I like to see a low life person who seems so quiet and secluded finally rise to the challenge and take charge. I got some of that from Nate, but not enough though. Sure, he had the money and even some attitude, but I still never felt completely convinced of his leadership. He still displayed a weakness that stuck around throughout the movie. I felt like his “friends” could have just kicked his ass and taken control at any given point. They weren’t the most loyal at times (especially in the end), and they weren’t exactly terrified of him either. There just wasn’t a clear leadership style defined for his part. If anything, it’s just an irritation.
I greatly enjoyed the movie though. I wish Nate’s leadership had been stronger, but perhaps this was a more accurate depiction of how someone like him could cope with such change. I liked the process of smuggling, and how Nate and his friend got it all set up. There was too much “luck” involved I must say. They seemed to fall into the right situations too many times, but I didn’t let it get to me. I also liked the fact that Nate wasn’t selfish with his money, in that he wanted to provide for his family. He wanted his mom and brother to have what they never could before. He really did love his mom, and I’m glad it was incorporated into the movie.
Total Abstract Rating: 80% It let me down in a couple of areas, but overall I found it to be interesting and entertaining. I hope you can too.
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