This chilling and effective biopic casts an unlikely Bob Hoskins in the role of Panamanian dictator General Manuel Antonio Noriega. Hoskins delivers an authenticity that overcomes any physical dissimilarities to the famously pockmarked dictator. He creates an intricate, multi-layered depiction showing a mix of brutality, wisdom, shrewdness, and impishness. The story takes place mostly in flashback, interspersed with Noriega narrating the tale of his rise and fall to a priest during confession. As head of the army, he summons his soldiers to disrupt the ballot counting in a democratic election to seize power for himself. Alternately soliciting advice from witch doctor...