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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 ›
I initially was debating on whether to give the movie 3 or 4 stars because the film itself was a little disjointed and didn't have a lot of action as a lot of the film involved Bonilla questioning/interviewing Cepeda for a potential news story. In fact the main scene of action and violence was not of a serial killing but involved a car accident and a lynch mob. However after watching the film it continued to stick in my head as it did have an underlying sense of dread and posed some interesting questions about consequences and responsibilities of peoples (in this case the journalists) choices and actions. Therefore I went with a 4 star rating.
The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. John Leguizamo does speak some lines in English but the majority of his dialogue is in Spanish. Also the DVD has an alternate ending which is worth viewing as it provides a completely different perspective to the film.
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 film tells a story of a reporter from Miami who works for a private news station known for its program called "An Hour with the Truth" which is broadcasted in Spanish speaking countries. The main hero Manolo (John Leguizamo) is an aspiring news reporter seeking sensational stories together with his production crew composed of: a female producer who he has an affair with and a constantly pot-smoking camera-man. The trio travels to Ecuador, where a notorious child serial killer only known as "The Monster of Babahoyo" is terrorizing the country side. What they don't realize is that the news-story they are investigating and its conclusion will leave them questioning their work and life ethics.
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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 11 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 12 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 16 months ago by ms2015
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
Who DOES adore John Leguizamo?!!! Lol!!! Awesome, awesome movie! Came in quickly as we hoped and enjoyed this so much!Published on January 17, 2013 by Tina R.