7 Boxes (2014)
Víctor, a 17 year old wheelbarrow leader, dreams of becoming famous, often absorbed by the TV in the appliance store in the Municipal Market. He receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content, in exchange for a torn half of a $ 100 bill. He will get the other half when he finishes the job. Víctor, who has never seen this much money, has no idea how much it really is. But he also knows well that his need is greater than his curiosity. With a borrowed cell phone, the contractor uses to tell him the way, Víctor embarks on the journey. Crossing the eight blocks of the market seemed easy but things get complicated along the way. There is something in those boxes that starts a high-speed wheelbarrow chase in the secret and gloomy corridors of the market. Without even realizing, Víctor and his pursuers will get involved in a crime of which they know anything. (c) Breaking Glass … More
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Critic Reviews for 7 Boxes
There's no subtlety here - coincidences are wildly abundant - but with this kind of vitality, who cares? Sit back and be carried away by the extended tracking shots and bam-bam editing.
"7 Boxes," a low-budget Paraguayan crime caper goosed by low-rung dreams, crackles with the desperate energy of forced innovation.
Certain to be one of the first titles from Paraguay to make a serious dent in the international marketplace, the pic makes a pleasurable surplus from minimal resources and plenty of ironic-comic-violent storytelling energy.
The film encounters some genre cliches, but there are some nifty twists along the way, thanks in part to an expressive performance by newcomer Franco.
Directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, who also co-wrote the screenplay, keep the action organic, but 7 Boxes is bookended with a couple of stylistic scenes.
A low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters.
A suspense thriller grounded in social realism. It's yet another example of how the most effective suspense thrillers are usually found outside of Hollywood and with much lower budgets.
. . .full of piquant revelations. Steeped in the seamy underbelly of Paraguay urban culture, it is a suspenseful noir with absurdist overtones sharply defined by filmmakers Tana Schembori and Juan Carlos Meneglia
The closure, like much of this film, superbly blends the cynical and the sunny.
Ambition and resourcefulness are of the essence in this zippy thriller from the Paraguayan filmmaking duo of Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori.
The Paraguayan action movie 7 Boxes has something for everybody: Corrupt and inept police, halfwit criminals, the most polite and helpful carjackers in this hemisphere, and the best wheelbarrow chase scenes in recent memory.
7 Boxes is way too simple, but it mostly works, because every twist of the plot and turn of the street leads back to this one kid, who'll do anything to make enough money to become someone other than himself.
"7 Boxes" is both a tense and frightening crime film as well as a sometimes-dreamy evocation of life in the sprawling underclass, its hallucinatory aspects, its chaos and violence, its fantasies.
Paraguayan action-thriller-romance hybrid 7 Boxes is a rollicking good time at the movies that offers breathtaking action and suspense, humor and appealing characters all in one visually flashy package.
Audience Reviews for 7 Boxes
7 Boxes'. A quite brilliant ending forgives the sloppy writing, acting and thematic hammering-in. The thrills and suspense work.More
In "7 Boxes," Victor(Celso Franco) works carting around shoppers' goods in a market when he is not distracted by grade Z thrillers. What also catches his attention is a camera phone his sister Tami(Nelly Davalos) is selling for her friend and co-worker Leti(Katia Garcia) but he sadly lacks the necessary funds. What might help is a single job from Gus(Roberto Cardozo) at a butcher shop that has just recently been paid a visit from the local police. In exchange for the other half of a $100 bill which would easily pay for the cell phone, all Victor has to do is take seven boxes away while waiting for a phone call to tell him where to bring them to. All of which makes Nelson(Victor Sosa), Victor's rival, kind of angry.
"7 Boxes" is a fast moving thriller set amongst a thriving market in Paraguay where the workers struggle to earn enough to support themselves and are sometimes desperate enough to do so illegally amongst a police presence that is sometimes underequipped. So, while Victor is a good kid who does the wrong thing, Nelson is not totally evil, despite every bad thing he does, as he has trouble affording the medicine that his child desperately needs.(Healthcare is a continuing theme in the movie, as Leti pretty much works until the last possible moment in her pregnancy.) While the scenario never quite gets totally out of hand despite all the complications, the movie does admittedly have more than its share of contrivances. But it does end on a high note that promises that nothing will ever be the same again, for better or for worse.
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