The Method (El Metodo) (2007)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Seven candidates compete for an executive position at a multinational company. While the streets of Madrid are filled with anti-globalization demonstrators, candidates are assembled to be put through the final selection process for a single high-level position at a multinational corporation. From the outset, there is a palpably tense, competitive atmosphere among the group. Feelings of distrust increase when they realize they are aspiring for the same position, and that the Gronholm Method (a
Jul 6, 2007 Wide
Aug 14, 2007
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The movie doesn't trust that an illuminating comedy of pathetic people can be entertaining for long, so it sprinkles some hormones on the proceedings.
The film loses some of its sting once the race narrows, but its outcome and the politically, emotionally astute fade-out are suitably devastating.
The Method is a funny film that touches on a corporation's responsibility to society, the price of ambition and the persistence of workplace sexism.
Smartly and seamlessly blending a cast of talented Argentine and Spanish thesps, Pineyro seems to be testing how much cinema he can derive from a restricted space.
...The Method is a tartly performed, compulsively watchable glass-tower And Then There Were None, in which the only blood that gets spilt comes from places that hurt the most: pride and ego.
Too clever by half, the plot contrivances deliver flippant satisfactions, and the agile performances keep the twists compelling, if less than credible.
Based on a stage play by Jordi Galcerán, The Method delivers a darkly comic take on corporate competitiveness.
Undoubtedly some enterprising American film company will either undertake a remake or will pitch it as a new reality show ...
...May not shed any new light on corporate avarice or mendacity, but it gives a stronger. cast the opportunity to play a delicate game of psychological cat-and-mouse with the viewer.
Anyone who has ever had to undergo a grueling interview for a job or for college admission will relate to this witty albeit stagey story of seven candidates competing together in one room for one job.
Gripping but insignificant, The Method suggests Glengarry Glenn Ross with its teeth knocked out by Tony Soprano and nursed back to health by Mark Burnett.
The film is delightful, like a quality Gilligan's Island for these nervous globalized times.
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