Buenos Aires, 1977 (Cronica de una fuga) (2008)
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The true story of four men who narrowly escaped death at the hands of Argentina's military death squads during the 1970s is brought to the screen in this thriller. In 1977, Claudio Tamburrini (Rodrigo de la Serna) was a goalie for a minor-league football team when he was abducted by members of the Argentine military police and taken to an unofficial detention center on the false suspicion that he was a terrorist. Over 30,000 people lost their lives at the hands of Argentinean authorities under
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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.
This film is both a warning about abuse of government power and a reassurance that justice will sometimes triumph.
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.
Chronicle might be utterly uncompromising in its "you are there" visceral style-or just unresourceful. I tend toward the latter reading.
Feels more like an exploitation B movie for those who get off on rough prison wardens and mistreated, hapless victims.
Chronicle of an Escape pretty much lives up to its title and little else.
If you need to break out of captivity, clearly running naked is the way to go.
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.
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