Feels more like an exploitation B movie for those who get off on rough prison wardens and mistreated, hapless victims.
It is a small relief to discover that Chronicle of an Escape is relatively restrained in its depiction of torture. Despite its restraint, the movie is deeply unsettling.
| Original Score: 4/5
This film is both a warning about abuse of government power and a reassurance that justice will sometimes triumph.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chronicle of an Escape pretty much lives up to its title and little else.
The film is taut and ruthlessly constructed, with odd flashes of humor and a white-knuckle pace.
A tense and mammothly upsetting dramatization of Tamburrini's memoir; ... gets everything that can pound in your body pounding.
The repetitive scenes of abuse lose their power too soon, and even the climactic flight stalls in first gear before it's barely begun.
| Original Score: 3/6
Chronicle might be utterly uncompromising in its "you are there" visceral style-or just unresourceful. I tend toward the latter reading.
Blessed with great performances; director Israel Adrián Caetano lets events speak -- and plead and weep -- for themselves.
| Original Score: B+
If you need to break out of captivity, clearly running naked is the way to go.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Plays like a feature-length version of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video, except the film's zealous foregrounding of polyester, facial hair, and wallpaper is not meant to be funny.
| Original Score: 2/4
If American moviegoers have plenty of reasons to feel icky about government-sponsored kidnappings and hidden prisons, Chronicle of an Escape gives them another good one.
It's a sobering act of remembrance, a warning against future abuses of power, and a stomach-knotting thriller.
Caetano ha hecho un film de suspenso, no una denuncia política, que funciona muy bien sobre todo en sus minutos finales.
| Original Score: 3/5
Though functional on its own terms, this fourth feature by Israel Adrian Caetano feels hollow at the core, leaving a feeling of lingering disappointment over a missed opportunity to probe recent history.