Its the summer of blockbusters and major studio releases; the summer of Iron Man Three, Man Of Steel and now World War Z. Its the summer of which film is going to cross the $100 million to $500 million dollar mark. But in the underbelly of this summer’s film releases are several good films, and the new documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs is one of them.
If you are not familiar with the film, its a very quick and basic take on ten easy steps which shows you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws. Its also an in depth look at several key players in the drug trade. Yes, it does take a brief look at several of these steps to climb up the ladder in the drug business as director and writer Matthew Cooke writes a brilliant script to keep you engaged in every step of the film. Cooke also conducts several interviews with well know actors and musicians who have had a key in the drug trade as an activist or as a former drug user, like his chats with rapper Eminem and actress Susan Sarandon just to name a few. Without giving away too much in this film, there are several interviews that really stood out, but none more than the interview with a former police officer who was hired by a drug cartel. That interview really carries the weight of the seriousness of cartel and the drug industry in the film.
This documentary is an eye opening film that is also Executive Produced by Adrian Grenier (of HBO’s Entourage fame), Bert Marcus and co-written by Grant Jolly. Hats of to Matthew Cooke, as he is one of the few film makers who have such a hands on approach while keeping the film still in tact as he not only wrote and executive produced the film, but he was also the cinematographer, film editor, visual effects editor, and film narrator.
How To Make Money Selling Drugs is a must see doc and now playing nationally in select cities. Grade A
Check out the trailer below;