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John Leguizamo plays a Miami-based TV-reporter who stumbles upon a big story about the heinous serial killer "the Monster of Babahoyo." Manolo, star reporter of Tabloid TV show (host played cameo Alfred Molina), believes that this timid middle-aged man Vinicio, who is now in prison because of one fatal hit-and-run accident, knows something about the killer that scares the local people.
While Vinicio offers a deal, there is another question - is he telling Manolo the truth? Or is he himself the Monster?
`Crónicas' has suspenseful moments, but it is not a murder mystery. If you're an avid reader of crime novels, you can predict the story fairly well, and the main characters - fame-hungry TV reporter, his female assistant (Leonor Watling, `Talk to Her'), and the portrait of the killer itself - are pretty stereotyped ones. Its oversimplified statement about the media, as is shown in its tagline (`If it's on TV, it must be the truth') looks old to me, having been repeated again and again in the films like `Mad City.' Today people don't believe the `story' so easily as the film thinks.Read more ›
Like me, you might find yourself watching the movie twice - once to get the gist by reading the subtitles - then again to concentrate more on the actors and to fill in some details.
John Leguizamo does a good job playing the cocky, ambitious reporter intent on developing and breaking the story of the child killer himself, without tipping off the police. But the really memorable performance is turned in by Damian Alcazar. He plays his part with a brilliant mix of meek supplication and soft, compelling manipulative guile. Whatever equivalent of the Academy Award the South American movie industry may present - should go to him.
This movie also gives us a look into settings most of us will (thankfully) never experience in person. We are taken into the center of mob violence. We see what the interior of a South American jail is like, with its peeling paint and exposed, dripping water pipes and its encouragement of inmate violence. We see the resourceful, stilted shantytowns people in those small towns build with whatever materials they find at hand.
This movie may also provoke deep debate among you and your friends about who the real villain of the story is.Read more ›
The whole cast gave a superb performance, led by John Leguizamo and Damián Alcázar. Leonor Watling (as Marisa) and José María Yazpik (as Ivan), also gave incredible supportive performances.
I am grateful that other reviewers have already given the synopsis of the film so I won't reiterate. The film unravels the characters of Bonilla and Cepeda at the same time, showing curious similarities. This is one of the keys to the film I think, introducing evil in its many shapes and shades. Through the whole film I kept waiting and expecting for Bonilla to do the "right thing" because he is constantly referred to as the "hero". Every where he goes, he signs autographs and smiles back at adoring fans. Cepeda is described as a hero also, by his family, friends and neighbors - God fearing bible salesman that everyone knows and adores, prior to accidentally running a child over (accidents happen, could happen to anyone, right?), thus becoming the tragic hero and victim of circumstance.
Even though I started figuring out the question of who the killer was, I never expected the ending; I sat up and gasped "What???" I was stunned! I kept waiting for someone to do the right thing because of the hero references and asking myself "well, what would you do?" to me it is a no brainer, but the director gives hints that Bonillo is as much as a sociopath as the killer.Read more ›
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A superstar cast, with a topic that we need more exposure to, how Hispanics view media in the US, and all the aspects of the media business for the Hispanic market in the US.Published 5 months ago by Daniel Minerbi Vargas
An excellent movie about a children serial killer and the power of television, with a great actor, Damián Alcazár. Buy it now!!Published 6 months ago by Choren
You wanna see something REALLY scary? Forget the Walking Dead, forget Wolf Creek, this movie scared the heck out of me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ms2015
I was expected to be blown away by this film...had read so many positive opinions about it...but once I finished watching this film I had mixed feelings about how good it really... Read morePublished 12 months ago by L
This movie is from the serial killer genre however focuses more on the tabloid media and how the journalists deal with information they receive about a serial killer. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chookster
What else can i say about such a movie? The cast,pace, and overall story really pull me in, and admittedly i'm a bit bias as i love John Leguizamo in anything!Published on May 11, 2013 by lawless_romeo