La Soga (The Butcher's Son) (2010)

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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

Rating: R (for violence, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Manny Perez
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2011
Box Office: $0.2M
Runtime:
Screen Media Ventures - Official Site

Cast


as Luisito "La Soga", L...

as General Colon

as Flannigan

as Young Luisito

as Young Jenny

as Luisito's Father

as Fellito Polanco

as Felipe Manuel Peralt...

as Margarita

as Police Commander

as President's Assistan...

as Herself

as Rafa's Cousin

as NYC Thug's Wife

as Rafa's Crew #1

as Rafa's Crew #1

as Rafa's Crew #2

as Carlos Batista

as Reporter

as Guard #1

as President Fernando L...

as Rafa's Wife

as General Colon's Wife

as Dona Irma

as Luisito's Aunt

as Domino Player

as Pedophile

as Boy at Hotel Room

as Dona Irma's Maid

as Fellito's Mother

as Guard at General's M...

as The Butcher

as Wellington's Crew #1

as Wellington's Crew #2

as Rafa's Son

as Jenny's Cousin

as Jenny's Suitor

as Bully at Prison

as Carnival Mask Dancer

as Franco's Henchman in...

as Girl in Rafa's Apart...
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Critic Reviews for La Soga (The Butcher's Son)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | August 18, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

Rings painfully familiar.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010
Village Voice
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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 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.

Japes
Japes .

Super Reviewer

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.

John2223
John Me

Super Reviewer

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