I read the book, two years ago, and just finished the prequel/sequel, last week. The author is among my recent favorites. For those who haven't seen the trailers, it is the story, directed by Oliver Stone, of Southern California major marijuana wholesalers, (white) in a relationship with the same woman, who are contacted by reps from Tijuana, to turn their business and clients over to them. Negotiations take an ugly turn when the woman is kidnapped, to ensure their cooperation. Things precede from there.
The cartel in question is referred to in the book as the Baja Cartel, but besides some small details, and names, it is essentially the Arellano Felix, which the author also explains the history and legacy of, including their present leader, Elena(Endenina), played by Salma Hayek. The book has an 'Engineer' character, played as a hapless leader, but the movie I don't think does.
The movie looks good, if a bit over stylized, and overcast in some instances, Salma, from the trailer, appears to be chewing the scenery a bit much for my taste, but I am still excited to see it. I just would prefer a more reserved and refined Endenina, being that she is based on a real person, who is an accountant.
I recommend the book, as well as most of Don Winslow's work, as he has the Tijuana and Sinaloa Cartel in just about every book he's written, including one, where he basically tells the story of the entire cartel structure in Mexico, as well as a detailed account of Arellano Felix family, fictionalized, and wildly over the top at times, still an interesting read. 'The Power of The Dog' was the title.
That too. I have been watching the reruns late at night on AMC, great show. One thing that is interesting is the depection of Mexican tco's seems to be on the rise in tv/movies, which, I am conflicted about. On one hand, it is such compelling and interesting material, imagine (well done) movies about La Barbie, Arturo Beltran, the Z, the Gulf/Zetas conflict, Tijuana, there are so many stories there, that I would love to see/read, as well as write myself, but....I don't want to see tco's portrayed as the 'go to' villains in bullshit action movies, or action comedies, the way Colombians were throughout the 90's, and early 2000's, or the Russians in 80's.
What cartel is represented in 'Breaking Bad'? Where were they when they flew down to Mexico? Some where in Sinaloa, Chihuaua? They have mentioned Juarez Cartel by name.
Hell yeah and Rambo is supposedly making a Movie in Mexico too. Mexico is the new war zone. Weren't the Zetas the guys who came after Heisenberg.
What i would like to watch is a movie of el Chapo and Arturo Beltran how they started a since child hood and how they became worst enemies and the truce with the Zetas . Now that would be a good movie cartel wars.... it would be pretty damn cool and since la barbie is a American they will probably make a movie for him lol
I didn't get an indication that the guys who came after Hank were supposed to be from a particular real-life cartel, certainly not Los Zetas. Seeing as how the show is set in Albuquerque you'd think they would have been from a cartel prominent in Ciudad Juarez/Chihuahua.
Pretty sure they have mentioned Juarez Cartel and Zetas directly. I know Hank said 'the boys from Juarez', which could mean either of them, Linea, or GN, but I don't remember the exact quote of Zeta's, it's there though.