Poor Josh Hutcherson.
He's always having his thunder stolen by his co-stars, even when stories revolve around him.
Paradise Lost sees The Hunger Games star as Nick, a young Canadian surfer in Columbia who's helping his elder brother run a surf camp.
However, a chance meeting with a pretty girl (Claudia Traisac) changes his life when she introduces him to her beloved uncle Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), Columbia's notorious drug kingpin.
This is not a typical Hollywood drug movie where you get a lot of shoot-'em-ups.
Here is a character study between two men and the loss of innocence when one crosses over to the dark side.
While this may be Hutcherson's movie and he does a decent job, he stands no chance against Del Toro, the charismatic powerhouse. The latter may always be typecast as a kingpin, but he never fails to make his characters riveting.
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This article was first published on July 1, 2015.
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