Cocaine Cowboys review

Lacking the zip or secret-history shocks of Once In A Lifetime or Capturing The Friedmans, this bloody, breathless account of Miami’s vast class-A trade during the ’70s and ’80s amounts to no more than a watchable but forgettable TV doc. Told by key players, the story of how Columbian cartels left Florida awash with the white stuff, keeping dealers solvent during a recession while the police were swamped, is awesome for sure... but no-budget production values and an insipid Jan Hammer score rob the narrative of impact. The men responsible for shifting coke worth billions are unrepentant, grinning while recalling how their wealth opened doors and legs across the land. And without narration, the doc has scant moral compass, its very title celebrating the machine gun-wielding mercenaries involved.

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