El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (4 stars)

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Picking up where the hit show left off, creator Vince Gilligan gives us two more hours with Jesse Pinkman

Breaking Bad was the sort of TV show you never wanted to end. Now, for two gratifying hours, you get the chance to reunite with some of the main characters. Written and directed by the show's creator Vince Gilligan, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie picks up exactly where the finale of Season 5 left off, as Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) escapes from the compound where he'd been caged for months, forced to cook up crystal meth.

The question is, what does our protagonist do next? With his former partner-in-crime Walter White meeting his maker, Jesse has every cop in Albuquerque looking for him. Initially, he makes his way to see his old friends Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) and Badger (Matt Jones), who are more than happy to help their 'hero' out of a jam. But switching cars, shaving off his hair and lying low will only get him so far, in a story that throbs with tension.

Incorporating the occasional flashback, we get to see more of Jesse with one of his captors, Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons), who Jesse strangled with his shackles in the final episode. There are more surprises along the way, too good to spoil here but, suffice to say, you will be reacquainted with some familiar faces, as a desperate Jesse is forced to do anything to stay alive.

Simply being back in Breaking Bad land is pleasure enough, but Gilligan layers the story with real emotion – not least an encounter with Jesse's heartbroken parents. Nor does he forgot the show's debt to the western: the New Mexico desert once again plays its part and there's a shoot-out Sergio Leone would be proud of. Doubters be damned, it's a bitchin' post-script to a wonderful show.

Available to watch on Netflix now.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • Directed by: Vince Gilligan
  • Cast: Aaron Paul, Charles Baker, Matt Jones,

Picking up exactly where the finale of Season 5 of Breaking Bad left off, Jesse (Paul) escapes from the compound where he’s been caged for months and tries to make a new start. An emotional, highly satisfying postscript to a wonderful show, with expert storytelling and a shoot-out Sergio Leone would be proud of.

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