On ‘Narcos 2,’ ‘Sully’ and ‘Train to Busan’

Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Netflix released Narcos season 1 last year and it was compelling stuff—but it also made for very tense viewing. I thought it would take a season to chronicle the rise and fall of Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and could finally rest. Not the case, season 2 opens after the assault at his grand prison, La Catedral and Escobar’s escape. The hunt for him continues and the tension and violence continues as well.

Narcos Season 2 is intense, heavy, violent and brutal but also incredibly compelling. You reflect upon what Columbia has gone through—mass murders, a plane crash, a siege at the Palace of Justice, unholy alliances. It was truly a dark and bloody road. Violence begetting violence.

Some parts of the story are changed to make for drama but further reading on the subject is accessible online. Narcos Season 2 is well acted, well paced, grim and worth the watch. It’s been renewed for a third and fourth season.

From a notorious Columbian figure we go to an American ‘hero.’ In Sully, 86-year-old director Clint Eastwood tells a tight little tale of US Airways Capt. Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) who got his plane down on the Hudson River in January of 2009 after engines failed due to a bird strike. All 155 passengers made it out.

No rest for Sully (Tom Hanks) and Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) until all 155 passengers are accounted for

No rest for Sully (Tom Hanks) and Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) until all 155 passengers are accounted for

Part of me wanted cry, not really after seeing how co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) sticks with and supports Sully throughout the investigation or how seeing how those on that plane and their families have bonded but because of the emergency response porn I saw. The coast guard, the Red Cross and many other support teams were on the scene and apparently, it took 24 minutes to get all those passengers to safety.

I watched Train to Busan because of the hype. So many people were talking about it on Facebook. It’s a Korean zombie film where most of the action takes place on trains and at a train station. You might want to stop reading here if you want to avoid a minor spoiler as well. Some parts were clever but on the whole, I felt rather distressed that it seemed no one, use to try to build a weapon against the zombies (or find tools that could be used against them). It was only in the last scene of the film that I saw one.

Also, it looks like they hired a lot of dancers or would be K-pop stars to play zombies. They had some difficult, jerky, dancer like movements.


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