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7 años Reviews

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May 8, 2019
Extremely boring... predictable.. bad
½ October 15, 2018
Entretiene lo justo. Por lo menos me interesó hasta el final, que no es poco.
January 5, 2018
Excellent film. Good cinematography, script, acting, premise etc. Explores the survival instinct of the human spirit in an entertaining gripping format.
Super Reviewer
½ December 23, 2016
Another Netflix original film that proves you don't need a great budget to produce something of quality, and this is a dynamic chamber movie that holds our attention with an engaging plot centered exclusively on a clever dialogue and some very fine performances.
October 29, 2016
Fascinerende kijk in hoe een simpele bemiddeling iedereens leven kan verwoesten. Kort van kracht, maar levert voor een captiverend uurtje ongemakkelijke discussies.
October 28, 2016
"7 años" doesn't charter into unique cinematic territory, it does make you think of films that paved the way for it such as, "12 Angry Men," or "Glengarry Glenn Ross." That in of itself is a monumental success.

It spends no more than 90 seconds (I went back and double checked) of opening dialogue & hurried introduction before the plot has shown up two of the four friends/employees at their multi-million dollar company HQ. Almost immediately - as not to allow the viewers to form any sort of bias or personal score against any singular character - we are off to the races, and the audience is quite obviously meant to be the surrogate cast member of the man playing a mediation lawyer, Jose, hired just minutes before starting the discussion that plays out in real time.

It's interesting to note the small things that go a long way - and there is much deserved credit to this director's ability to manipulate the audience's sense of perception by neglecting Jose's point of view in their meeting room. Instead, the cameras are drawn to - practically to completion - which ever character is currently speaking. Little and less time to who their speaking to, as their reactions to their individual statements eventually is displayed when they speak out or raise issue with someone/something. Therein lies the power of the film: If you feel differently, speak up now or keep quiet....but this is tricky, and easy said than done. It feels like the INSTANCE they might make a compelling or "objective" case determining who will go to jail, our gears are turning and we assume there is more going on. Our instincts tell us it can't be that simple. Or what if they're tricking me/you/anyone else? How do I know they won't change their minds?

All of these things unfurl beautifully, spinning webs of paranoia while constructing opaque, transparent walls around each character so they can be measured & quantified. "How much is 7 years [in prison] worth to you? How do you come up with these rates and adjust accordingly?" Indeed, oh indeed.
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