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Although at times the film gets bogged down in psychological murkiness, the relentless pace and brooding charisma of its star overcomes its narrative deficiencies.
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.
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.
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.
Rings painfully familiar.
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.
It's nearly impossible to discern crook from cop in the handheld, trigonometric angles and slice-and-dice editing of La Soga.
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.
From 'Shots! Shots! Shots!' to 'Hot! Hot! Hot!'
A film loaded with interest that somehow fails to be interesting.
A captivating, well-acted, intense and suspenseful thriller that suffers from excessive flashbacks and a contrived romantic subplot.
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.
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 it...it'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.
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.
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