Narcos: Mexico is the continuation of a great Netflix success that explores how drug trafficking was born and developed in America over the years. After telling the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and the famous Meddelin Cartel in its first seasons, the action heads to Mexico to show the story of a common drug dealer who becomes the king of one of the most feared criminal organizations of the 80’s and 90’s: the Guadalajara cartel (watch here).
The production maintains the rhythm of intense action, mixed with a history of origin and greed that grows as time passes. And if in the first two seasons there was the talent of Wagner Moura to give life to the iconic Escobar, we now have Diego Luna, also an actor of enormous competence, playing the head of the cartel Felix Gallardo, from when he was only one of the small Mexican traffickers until the moment he had the idea of forming his own organization. On the other hand, the series also brings the great actor Michael Peña in the skin of the policeman who is assigned to arrest Felix and end the cartel. The clash between the two takes time to happen, but when it happens, it’s pure adrenaline.
Narcos: Mexico shows how Felix started on his road to the top of Mexican drug traffickers. Unhurriedly, the series develops the character as a mediocre but very ambitious guy who sees an opportunity to grow in his business and doesn’t waste it. The blood trail he leaves in his path is enormous, and he makes no point in hiding it. On the contrary: he believes that in this way he’ll be respected even more. And here, the talent of Diego Luna appears as the great differential: if at first he looks goofy, as he is achieving his meteoric rise his profile starts to change, until becoming the great leader of the Guadalajara cartel, powerful and practically untouchable.
At the same time, the routine of Kiki Camarena, Michael Peña’s character, is also shown in no hurry. We note how he is a dedicated, competent and quiet DEA agent who ends up being convinced by his leadership to move to Mexico with his wife and son to follow the traces of a dangerous drug dealer that is growing in the region (in this case, Felix). Noting that the task is much more dangerous than he imagined, Camarena doesn’t give up and hunt the heads of the organization, no matter what the cost. Peña, an actor better known for his comedies, here again demonstrates a great talent for playing calm characters that become intense throughout their journey. He has a big role in his hands, and he knows how to take advantage of the opportunities to shine – in that, he doesn’t disappoint at any time.
An increasingly sophisticated production
Narcos: Mexico tells a story of rise, completely different from what has been shown in its previous three seasons, but still maintains the public’s interest, that stick to their chairs while following Felix’s schemes to grow inside the drug trafficking and to escape from Camarena, who continues in his pursuit the whole time. Felix’s path to the top is bloodthirsty and violent, and the production has no fear of showing it.
This shows that, with an increasingly sophisticated production, the series “Narcos” tends to improve every season. Assuming that the series’ faithful audience is accustomed to the violence – necessary to portray the reality of this type of crime – they don’t try to hide anything. Everything happens in the open. In comparison, Narcos: México is the best season of this anthology so far, which brings a dense story with an impressive climax and that, once again, causes the public to think about who is really responsible for the growth of this type of organization.
Trailer and additional information about Narcos: México Netflix
Synopsis 1: Corruption made a drug kingpin untouchable – until a dogged DEA agent threatens to topple his empire.
Synopsis 2: Witness the birth of the Mexican drug war in the 1980′ as a gritty new “Narcos” saga chronicles the true story of the Guadalajara cartel’s ascent.
Age rating: 16
Release year: 2018