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Netflix Movie Review: ‘El Camino: Breaking Bad Story’

El Camino
El Camino

‘BREAKING Bad’ is one of the most successful TV series ever. It ran for five seasons, won lots of awards and awesome reviews, got a spin-off prequel series “Better Call Saul” featuring some of its characters, and a full length movie version, “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”, starring one of its lead actors, Aaron Paul.

Set in New Mexico, “Breaking Bad” is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed to have lung cancer, so he turns to manufacturing drugs to earn extra money he’d leave behind for his family. His partner is his student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and the show chronicles their descent into a life of crime, which is what the title “Breaking Bad” means.

At one point, we wanted to stop watching because they’re getting from bad to worse, and to really worst, in committing ruthless murders to maintain their meth empire. The series ended with them being forced by a white supremacist gang to manufacture drugs, but Walter gets to kill them all, and he also gets killed in return.

It ended with Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman being able to escape from them. Now, they have a movie available on Netflix to show what happened to his character and it serves as a final epilogue for the series, still written and directed by series creator Vince Gilligan.

In the movie, Jesse is shown escaping from the Brotherhood compound in the El Camino car of Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons.) He goes to the home of his friends Skinny Pete and Badger who help hide him and his car. He gets to rest and sleep well, then his friends later help him again to flee from the U.S. mainland and to seek a new life in Alaska.

In a flashback, Jesse is shown helping Todd Alquist get rid of his cleaning lady after she found out about his hidden stash of cash. They bury her in the desert. Now, Jesse secretly gets into Todd’s apartment but two men pretending to be police officers get in, also after the money, and they divide the loot into three shares.

He then goes to Ed Galbraith (Robert Foster, who died after making this film) to help smuggle him into Alaska via Canada. But he lacks the full amount to pay him, so he storms the hideout of one of the thugs he shared the money with to get the balance of the much needed amount.

Since the film is touted as a neo-western, there is even a scene where Jesse challenged the guy, Neil Kandy, to a duel to see who’s the faster draw, but it turns out Jesse has another gun hidden in the pocket of his jacket.

The film ends with Ed driving Jesse to Alaska, and so the series ends happily with Jesse having his redemption and the prospect of a new life. He has grown up from being an aimless young punk to a man who has gone to hell and back and became mature enough to make his own decisions, without any influence from his former mentor, Walter, whose tragic fate he was able to evade. Aaron Paul is very good as Jesse Pinkman and the way many sequences are staged with so much tension really work well so we recommend you to check out this movie.

Publication Source :    People's Journal
Mario Bautista
Former member: Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Urian)