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La Soga (The Butcher's Son) (2009)



Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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"La Soga" is an edgy, action-drama, combining the gritty reality of movies like "City of God" and "Amores Perros." It is the personal journey of a brave man who risks everything to find justice, a visceral and gripping story of redemption that lays bare brutality and corruption. "La Soga" is set in the neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic and Washington Heights, New York.-- (C) Official Site


Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International

Manny Perez

May 3, 2011


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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (9) | DVD (1)

Although at times the film gets bogged down in psychological murkiness, the relentless pace and brooding charisma of its star overcomes its narrative deficiencies.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The film's explicit depictions of regional violence have upset some audiences, but there's no denying their impact: those butchered pigs are only the beginning.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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For some reason, the film, directed by Josh Crook, has a schmaltzy happy ending that's out of step with the rest of the story.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Rings painfully familiar.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The subgenre's clichéd two-way street of corruption and redemption predictably sees our antihero finding liberation in a childhood sweetheart while facing down the crooked lawman who led him to a life of transgression.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's nearly impossible to discern crook from cop in the handheld, trigonometric angles and slice-and-dice editing of La Soga.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The focus could have been refined and made for a simpler tale. As is, it's a thrilling ride -- as long as you don't try to dig too deep into the narrative structure.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

From 'Shots! Shots! Shots!' to 'Hot! Hot! Hot!'

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

A film loaded with interest that somehow fails to be interesting.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Movieline

A captivating, well-acted, intense and suspenseful thriller that suffers from excessive flashbacks and a contrived romantic subplot.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Even a breaking glass is filmed in slow motion and accompanied by ominous soundtrack pounding -- unless that thud is the movie hammering the same point home again and again.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

This emptily callous film tries to be an edgy expose of the Dominican criminal world, but plays more like a particularly juvenile game of shoot-'em-up.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Despite its flaws, which are minimal for a movie that doesn't have millions of dollars like the big Hollywood flicks, 'La Soga' keeps the audience engaged right to the last frame. This is a gritty urban drama that transcends language and culture.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source:

So is this anguished assassin guilty of a Faustian bargain with his chosen profession, or its victim? Maybe only the the satanic carnival Lechones dancing at his doorstep know for sure. Or in other words, the devils made him do it.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The best movie about a vegetarian butcher that you'll see this year.

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Rotten Tomatoes
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Audience Reviews for La Soga (The Butcher's Son)

I really liked this movie. I thought it was intense and had pretty well developed characters. La Soga was a really interesting character. In the beginning, I didn't like him too much, but then as the movie progressed I liked him a lot. His girlfriend was a pretty shallow character though, and the plot had a little bit of depth, but not as much depth as it probably could have. La Soga was a deep character, but the rest were just shallow characters that helped move the plot along. The ending was bad. Like I hated it. They director went down a completely different path with this movie. The whole movie was kind of depressing and gloomy. The fact that this movie had a "happily ever after" ending was really messed up. It didn't fit the rest of the film at all.

The one part that really didn't make sense to me about La Soga was the fact that he didn't eat meat. So obviously his dad was a butcher, and he was taught to be a butcher too. I understand that after seeing how the animals die, and how traumatic it was, he refused to eat meat ever again. However, even years later, he still butchers animals. So, he is able to kill them, but he doesn't eat them? Isn't that kind of a waste? Wouldn't he want to eat the meat and you know be thankful to the pig for providing him with food? Rather than killing the pig and never touching it again? I just didn't get that. I mean he killed's already dead, so he might as well eat it or else the pig died for nothing right? I just thought that was pretty stupid.
November 26, 2011
Japes .

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Good production values for a low budget film and good acting from the main characters and most of the cast and good pace but the story feels empty, cliché, flaw and lack of depth.
"La Soga" is entertaining but uninteresting piece of Dominican cinema. At the end La Soga (Rope) didn't tie me up tight.
August 27, 2010
John Me

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