We got there just in time for this film to start and it was quite gritty and confronting first up, and I was wondering what I had gotten myself into! I only really had brief information about the movie, c/o IMDB - "Mexico City. 2002, 2006, 2010. A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three Soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive."
The key thing to notice here is that the film is set over 3 different times, during 3 different world cups. They don't make it that obvious when they change between stories, so pay attention to the subtitles! It was a little confusing, and the ending perplexed us a little, but the movie in itself was gritty, dark, depressing and captivating. You were really drawn into the stories, and into what was happening with the characters, at the same time trying to piece together the stories from 3 different times.
I loved the way it was filmed - the camera work goes between standard movie angles to being a little bit Blair Witch Project. Sometimes you were running after someone, sometimes you're on the end of a gun watching a cops face as he raids a drug traffickers hideout. Things were never left to stagnate and despite my diminished mental state, I found I was really paying attention and being drawn in by the darkness, shadows, guns, and heartbreaking personal stories. The soundtrack was also great, I loved the mix of typical Mexican style folk music with hip hop and scene setting, nail biting instrumentals.
This would be a great movie to see with the fella. You're keen on going out and getting some foreign film action, he wants guns. This is the movie for you both. While a little hard to follow, and a second viewing is probably necessary to actually get it (the twist at the end totally threw us!), I would not have a problem watching it again. It was exciting, gritty, dark and pretty raw. It was also about 2 hours long so be prepared for a good long sit down - though the cinema was pretty empty so we had lots of room to spread out and stretch our legs! Tickets were $19.
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