A man kills 3 Americans in Afghanistan with a rocket grenade. It’s unclear whether the man is Al Qaeda, Taliban, or a foreign fighter. Captured, the unnamed man is whisked off to some black-op base where he’s interrogated and tortured. While being transported to another site, he escapes. Totally disoriented, he’s gone from the desert to a land covered in snow, is heavily forested, and mountainous. This is essentially a Vietnam POW escape movie but in reverse, with the Americans as the bad guys.
Acting wise the man (Vincent Gallo of Brown Bunny fame) was… well he was just some guy running around the forest. There is hardly any talking or even a lot of close-ups. So you really have no idea of what’s going on or the motivations of the escaping man. Other than escaping his trackers, it’s fairly unambiguous if the man is running to something. Is he trying to get home, does he want to continue terrorism, or maybe he’s one of those noble terrorists. No one knows.
Technically the film is amateurish. I rarely ever note this, but there was some very poor sound work. The camera work is also quite shaky, with simple compositions of shots. The creative force behind the movie is Jerzy Skolimowski, a known auteur of little dialogue. Somehow, he’s taken a thriller and sucked the excitement out of it. It’s slow and lacks emotion.
This isn’t a good movie, the only novelty is that the protagonist is a Taliban/Al Qaeda/foreign fighter. However, if you took out the first 15 minutes of the film in Afghanistan and being processed by Americans, this would have been simply a prison escape movie. Mind you it would still be a poor one.
Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) 2004 Argentina
[rating=7]7/10 The film dramatizes the diaries written by Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Alberton Granado during their 1952 trip across South ...