30 for 30 Volume I films: 1-30
ESPN Films Presents: 31-43
30 for 30 Volume II films: 44-73
The Two Escobars
Sometimes it really is a matter of life and death.
Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellin Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably-and fatally-intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned Andres' national team into South American champions, favored to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. It was there, in a game against the U.S., that Andres committed one of the most shocking mistakes in soccer history, scoring an "own goal" that eliminated his team from the competition and ultimately cost him his life. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics.
One of the few ESPN 30 for 30 docs that feels like it could have actually been released theatrically, is well packed with video and news footage taken from the time frame covered. First person interviews fill out a story that is dour and depressing and filled with societal horrors of the recent past.
Before I ever knew what ESPN's 30 for 30 series was I had heard about this documentary. I knew nothing of the subject matter but it sounded interesting. Since then, it's been on my watch list for something like 4 years. Luckily for me Netflix decided to remove this in a few days so I was forced to watch it. Whenever this occurs I tend to have mixed results; fortunately this was a positive experience.
It's very odd watching this now, only a few weeks after the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup--a World Cup in which Colombia was arguably the talk of the tournament. Lead by the player of…
The story of the downfall of columbian druglord Pablo Escobar and the link to the death of columbian footlball player Andres Escobar.
The parts related to Andres were more interesting to me and it was really sad to think that people would murder their own countryman for making a mistake in a game and they would get away with it too.
The Two Escobars tells the stories of the lives and violent deaths of Columbian international defender Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar through news coverage and interviews with family members and colleagues, which for Andrés Escobar includes several players such as Carlos Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla as well as manager Francisco Maturana.
It’s all brilliantly put together and paced as it builds towards the inevitable ending, and is full of fascinating insights such as how drug money helped Colombian football to develop and how the loss of that money, along with the murder of Andrés Escobar, has played a large part in its decline. I’d highly recommend people check this film out even if they are not football fans.
Possibly the best documentary I've ever watched, the level of depth the directors go in to to show you a snapshot of Colombian society over about a ten year period is astounding.
When the directors are interviewing a hitman behind bars for you there is a sense that this really did mean something to them. The narrative that they manage to convey is something you don't enjoy watching but you NEED to watch. You feel the joy of Colombias 26 game stretch of losing only once and feel your stomach turn when Andres meets his end in a way very few films I have seen in my life can do.
Although I can imagine people taking issue with the certainly…
Que una entrega de una serie de documentales deportivos de la ESPN (los muchas veces geniales "30 for 30") me parezca mejor que muchas de las películas que he visto últimamente —¡a mi, que odio el deporte!— dice mucho de la grandeza de la trágica historia que cuenta "The Two Escobars" (el apogeo y la decadencia del narco-soccer) y, por supuesto, de lo bien contada que está, con imágenes de archivo auténticamente espectaculares (ojo a la violencia, esto no es para niños) así como entrevistas tanto a odiosos personajes sombríos y criminales como a auténticas glorias del deporte mundial. Una historia tristísima a la que cuesta trabajo encontrarle el sentido. Ay, Colombia, Colombia...
A fascinating documentary about Columbia's Narco-Soccer era. Beautifully edited and scored, THE TWO ESCOBARS is as tense as a political thriller by Costa-Gavras or Pakula and just as relevant.
One of the best films of the 30 for 30 series about the rise of Colombian futbol in the late 80s and early 90s that was funded by the drug lord Pablo Escobar and made a star in Andres Escobar only for both men to fall by tragedy of the worst kind as it nearly killed the country's spirit and its futbol organization.
Todo lo que tiene que ver con la conexión entre Pablo, el narcotráfico y la súbita mejora en calidad del futbol colombiano está super interesante.
Las entrevistas con los jugadores también están chidas.
Pero todo lo que tiene que ver con Escobar el futbolista está medio aburrido. Se la pasan repitiendo tanto que el hombre era un santo que al final no te la crees del todo. Aún así, las circunstancias que rodean el autogól y su muerte están tristes.
Slow at times, but tragic throughout 'The Two Escobars' offers the viewer insight to the fast and dangerous worlds of South American Soccer and Drug Trade. Two Escobars burst on to their respective scenes with passion and success, both leave an important mark, and neither make it out alive.
This documentary makes an interesting argument:
Andrés Escobar may still be alive if notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar had been alive when Andrés had the misfortune of scoring upon his own goal in the 1994 World Cup. Pablo was a fervent supporter of Columbian soccer and, as such, he would have better understood the importance of Andrés to the team.
Columbian soccer and the drug trade. Fascinating film about two brothers on either side. Fascinating and devastating history.
Excellent. Gives a really great comprehensive view of the team and the atmosphere of the country it came from. Fascinating in the way it makes both Escobars seem like heroes and essentially points to their deaths as the beginning of Colombia's deterioration. Excellent mix of talking heats and footage, though maybe would have liked a bit more from Andrés, though that may have been somewhat difficult to find.
Watched for Spanish Conversation class. It's been awhile since I've been so emotionally affected by a documentary--wow, I learned a lot and felt a lot. A really great doc.
Why it took me 5+ years to watch this I'll never know. I already knew the bare bones version of Andres Escobars death and I knew a little bit about Pablo Escobar but just how in depth the drug money was in football and the ongoings in Colombia at the time was fascinating to watch. Really good and all just a bit depressing, despite the somewhat optimistic tone by the end. I really wish more of the 30 For 30s were about football (or soccer if you're so inclined).
On a slightly different note, I still absolutely love Valderammas hair.
30 for 30 Volume I films: 1-30