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This is good, escapist stuff.
High-energy chase pic makes the most of a novel setting.
There's no subtlety here - coincidences are wildly abundant - but with this kind of vitality, who cares? Sit back and be carried away by the extended tracking shots and bam-bam editing.
A fun, relentless thriller set in the mean streets of Paraguay.
"7 Boxes" is both a tense and frightening crime film as well as a sometimes-dreamy evocation of life in the sprawling underclass, its hallucinatory aspects, its chaos and violence, its fantasies.
"7 Boxes," a low-budget Paraguayan crime caper goosed by low-rung dreams, crackles with the desperate energy of forced innovation.
Sometimes it ventures into the realm of farse, but just then it returns to the comic book feel that it creates from the start. [Full review in Spanish]
A spiritual sister in narrative, visual intensity and feeling to such classics as "City Of God" and "Run Lola Run". A must see. [Full review in Spanish]
It reminded me of the best violent/funny Tarantino moments. [Full review in Spanish]
Even though its plot can be a little predictable, its virtuoso cinematography prevails. [Full review in Spanish]
The film encounters some genre cliches, but there are some nifty twists along the way, thanks in part to an expressive performance by newcomer Franco.
Directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, who also co-wrote the screenplay, keep the action organic, but 7 Boxes is bookended with a couple of stylistic scenes.
7 Boxes'. A quite brilliant ending forgives the sloppy writing, acting and thematic hammering-in. The thrills and suspense work.
In "7 Boxes," Victor(Celso Franco) works carting around shoppers' goods in a market when he is not distracted by grade Z thrillers. What also catches his attention is a camera phone his sister Tami(Nelly Davalos) is selling for her friend and co-worker Leti(Katia Garcia) but he sadly lacks the necessary funds. What might help is a single job from Gus(Roberto Cardozo) at a butcher shop that has just recently been paid a visit from the local police. In exchange for the other half of a $100 bill which would easily pay for the cell phone, all Victor has to do is take seven boxes away while waiting for a phone call to tell him where to bring them to. All of which makes Nelson(Victor Sosa), Victor's rival, kind of angry.
"7 Boxes" is a fast moving thriller set amongst a thriving market in Paraguay where the workers struggle to earn enough to support themselves and are sometimes desperate enough to do so illegally amongst a police presence that is sometimes underequipped. So, while Victor is a good kid who does the wrong thing, Nelson is not totally evil, despite every bad thing he does, as he has trouble affording the medicine that his child desperately needs.(Healthcare is a continuing theme in the movie, as Leti pretty much works until the last possible moment in her pregnancy.) While the scenario never quite gets totally out of hand despite all the complications, the movie does admittedly have more than its share of contrivances. But it does end on a high note that promises that nothing will ever be the same again, for better or for worse.
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