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Grim and intense,
This review is from: Chronicle of an Escape (DVD)
This stark and disturbing film is based on Argentinian soccer player Claudio Tamburrini's account of his kidnapping and torture by that countries military regime in the late 70s. Falsely accused of being a terrorist, Tamburrini is imprisoned along with other young men in a decaying villa where they are routinely tortured, starved and humiliated in an attempt to get confessions from them. After 120 days, Taburrini and three others, knowing that their days are numbered, make a brave escape in the middle of the night during a thunderstorm.
The film is good at depicting an event that will leave the viewer outraged and horrified at the cruelty of man but the film could have perhaps been better with richer character development. Rodrigo de la Serna (from "The Motorcyle Diaries") is excellent as Taburrini and his fellow co-stars are equally as strong but the script does not provide the viewer with a grasp of who they really are. What the film does attain is tension which is unrelenting. Although the depiction of torture is thankfully mild, the actors terrified expressions and emaciated bodies tell the viewer all they need to know.
I'm perplexed as to why this film is being marketed toward the gay audience. There are no gay subplots or relationships. The men are striped naked and make their escape that way - is this the reason? Do they think gay people are that shallow?
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Initial post: Nov 2, 2009 6:25:05 AM PST
GEORGE RANNIE says:
I am afraid that we are indeed thought of as that shallow. Very good review!
Posted on Jan 27, 2010 4:43:05 PM PST
Bob L says:
Well the marketers got that one ass backwards. (Ya I know)
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