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Ozark (2017), Gambling Crime TV Series

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Netflix as an entertainment media platform always offers something new in story ideas, one of Netflix’s promising movies is Ozark, the movie that was released on July 21, 2017, is quite the robbery.

Do you remember that in 2008 we enjoyed Breaking Bad as one of our favorite movies, the story of a chemistry professor who “takes” an amateur crystal meth maker to pay for his treatment, slowly but surely the Walter White crystal and got a lot of profit. He also bought a car wash as a place to “launder money” for the results of activities that violate the law.

Main Plot of Ozark

Compared to Breaking Bad, the Ozark story centers more on a financial adviser named Martin Byrde (Jason Bateman) who “takes” to launder money from the sale of a Mexican drug cartel. Together with his colleague and best friend Bruce Liddell (Josh Randall), they use an investment company to launder money.

They are a harmonious family living in Chicago. However, they moved to the Missouri Ozarks, the small resort town where Marty laundered money from drug dealers.

The conflict is further complicated when Marty is forced to tell his family about the illicit business he is in.

On the other hand, he cannot escape the clutches of the mob. He had to do his duty to keep himself and his family safe. However, the conflict grew when Wendy participated as part of Marty’s money laundering business.

Wendy, a housewife about to get back to a career, decides to turn Marty’s money laundering business into her new career.

The series has aired three seasons since 2017, and this year’s fourth season will be its final season, with 30 episodes.

Ending of Ozark

Working with the “black world” is not without risk, there are several ethical codes that must be obeyed, one of which is to be honest and not stab in the back. Bruce Liddell (Josh Randall) apparently couldn’t keep it, he stole money from a drug cartel, resulting in his death.

Byrde has almost the same fate, fortunately he survived and was able to pressure Camino Del Rio (Esai Morales) to spare his life in exchange for Byrde having to return the money stolen by his partner.

Ozark interested us in the world of money laundering, inviting us to explore one of the most important parts of this “white collar crime”.

Here you can see the story of the struggle of a 19-year-old woman named Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner), a petty criminal who accidentally gets into a money laundering operation. You will see Ruth’s dilemma when she has to decide whether she will continue to be an ally of Bryde by running the strip club she bought to launder money or by killing her and taking Bryde’s money.

You will also find a sexually oriented cop named Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner) trying to arrest Byrde and Del Rio, he loses focus a bit after finding a man there.

Ozark (2017)

Movies about crime are always fun, but not many movies cover the “add-on” of criminals, like how drug dealers launder their money. Ozark opens up some good ‘facts’ on money laundering, the proper term is ‘Money Laundering 101’.

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Movie Soundtrack


What makes this movie strong are the unexpected surprises. When you decide to guess the plot of this movie as a straight line, you will be wrong! There are many twists and turns in the story that will keep you glued to the screen.


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