Sunday, September 13, 2009

Review - La Soga

La Soga is a crime film co-produced by the U.S. and the Dominican Republic, which still entertains despite its typicality. Like a Latino Charles Bronson, Officer Luisito (terrifically played by writer/producer Manny Perez) has a vicious vendetta against the criminals who plague Santiago. Through flashbacks, Luisito’s backstory is presented to us, revealing his motivations and paradigms.

The spitfire editing and photography give this well-scripted thriller a blistering pace (though some may argue it employs a few editing gimmicks too many), not unlike that of recent crime dramas like City of God. It also features a resonant acoustic score for a distinct Latin flavour.

One of the film's most frequently-used and subversively unsettling images is the cutting back and forth between children playing in the street and baby pigs that will inevitably grow up just to be slaughtered.

Like Samson and Delilah, I foresee no awards traction for this film (“no Oscar for you!”), but a North American release is not out of the question (the audience reaction was quite enthusiastic).

**1/2 out of ****


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The Oscar Nazi said...

I had not heard.

I'm not exactly part of the nit-twit crowd ;)