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April 1, 2013
Ill admit its well made, and looks good, and moves at a good pace, and viggo is a really good actor, but i didnt really like his character that much, he goes and assumes his brother's identity without doing any research into what he does or who he knows or how he acts, and his reasons for even doing it in the first place is pretty sketchy (imo at least) the lead girl is pretty good tho, i liked her scenes
July 17, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014

(2013) Everybody Has A Plan/ Todos tenemos un plan
(In Argentinian with English subtitles)

The movie starts with a blatant ransom, kidnapping gone wrong on some impoverished swamp island area, involving the owner of a small convenience store called "El Dorado" where Adrián's mentally challenged godson, Rubén (Javier Godino) is unable to keep the captor's blindfold on, forcing Adrián (Daniel Fanego) to shoot the captive dead instead of letting him go alive since the captive can easily identify them to authorities. Pedro (Viggo Mortensen) was also there, but was only a witness to the whole incident since the guy that doing the kidnapping and the killings are friends of his, who also makes a living selling honey. The movie then jumps to the city, and this time viewers are seeing a "different" kind of Viggo Mortensen character, and this time he appears to be a family physician of some sort, except that his wife, Claudia(Soledad Villamil) expected him to help her adopt a child which he's not too enthusiastic about. And it appears that he is also not the same person viewers saw earlier either for his name is Agustín and he happens to be a twin, as Pedro appears right at his doorstep since he finds out he is dying, filling him to what's been happening to him as of late. Because Agustin's wife had just separated from him, she's also planning to sell the apartment they were living in. And it is then the movie dwells on circumstances that could've worked had this film been shorter, but to viewers it's all been done before and better. I also find it convenient that once the police stopped looking for suspected murderer, Adrien that he would plan another ransom kidnapping ransom, again around the same area. Like there's no "wanted" poster signs anywhere. Like what are the odds of that happening, otherwise both the police as well as the open public in this movie are viewed as incompetent. Normally, wanted suspected felons go from state to state or city to city- they don't hang around on one area just because they can be caught.

2 out of 4 stars
June 25, 2013
Can't turn down a Viggo film. Looks ok!
May 12, 2013
Buenos Aires doctor, Augustin (Mortensen), has grown tired of his middle class existence in the city. When his wife, Claudia (Villamil), pressures him into adopting a child, he confesses a wish to leave the relationship, locking himself in his study for days until Claudia eventually leaves their apartment, putting it up for sale. Augustin's identical twin brother, Pedro (Mortensen in a dual role), arrives in the city from his home in rural Argentina to inform his estranged brother he is suffering from terminal cancer. Pedro wishes Augustin to euthanize him, something which the doctor refuses at first, but realizing this is the perfect way to escape his life, Augustin drowns Pedro in his bath, leaving the body there for all to assume it as his. Now adopting his twin's identity, Pedro leaves for his childhood home but, once there, discovers Pedro is caught up with a dangerous gang of local kidnappers.

'Everybody Has a Plan' is a movie whose protagonist finds himself in an unfamiliar situation, but it's also made by people themselves working in foreign territory. Mortensen, pulling a "Kristin Scott Thomas", gives a performance entirely in his second language, Spanish. Piterbarg is a female writer-director making a movie about emasculation, both literally and figuratively (The impotent Augustin embraces his macho twin's tough lifestyle). The plot feels like a combination of Antonioni's 'The Passenger' and Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train', with the existentialism of the former struggling to share a bed with the thrills of the latter, resulting in a film that can't decide whether it's a crime thriller or a meditation on masculinity.

Neither element is explored to a satisfactory degree, with little in the way of either plotting or character development. Augustin's motivations are sign-posted through a quick scene where some noisy toddlers get on his nerves. (Sure, kids can give you a headache but it hardly seems enough motivation for committing fratricide and changing your entire identity.) For a movie written and directed by a woman, its female characters are given particularly short shrift. The subplot involving Augustin's wife is rendered pointless by her indifference. I rarely condone remakes but this is a case where a more experienced film-maker could likely craft something impressive from this bizarre but thrilling scenario. While ultimately her ego is writing checks her talent can't cash, Pitarbarg has made a film that's an indulging enough watch (thanks mainly to Mortensen and the sleazy charm of Fanego), but one which should be so much more.
½ April 23, 2013
I actually really liked this movie. It was an interesting idea and emotionally intense.
½ April 22, 2013
With the exception of director, Ana Piterbarg. Obscure, obtuse, buried in boredom: Viggo Mortensen characterizes twin brothers ("Agustin"/"Pedro") plainly, diminished in the womb, they flounder in their professional and personal lives; empty vessels, blessed with substantial female companions.
The film is set in Buenos Aires, plus a depressed island in the Delta; Agustin cloaks himself in the guise of his brother, Pedro, and the nonsensical scenario of crime, subterfuge, malfeasance is dumped upon a naive audience who ventured into this flick to witness Mortensen's proficiency, loquaciousness in the Spanish tongue; receiving a passing grade in Spanish 101, but unworthy of viewer attendance.
Omita La!
ONE & 1/2 STARS!!
For Now.....Peneflix
½ March 25, 2013
Viggo does well and the movie has a nice atmosphere, but it doesn'treally have a lot of content. A lot of things could've been better explained.
September 24, 2012
This movies does not entertain but bore anybody who watches it. There's poor script, Viggo's performance is dull as Sofia's. Bad movie, baaad movie.
½ September 15, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Art house thriller by a first-time director, set in Argentina, featuring Viggo Mortensen; twin brother who lives in the rural island areas of Argentina suddenly visits his wealthy Buenos Aires twin brother. That's right, Viggo Mortensen speaking Spanish. I was not aware of his Spanish films previously but gosh, he is just talented in everything. He really blends in into his character (though admittedly, I've seen the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy so many damn times, all I can see is Aragorn whenever I see his face). Anyway, I'm not sure how I feel about this movie. I don't dislike it, but I don't like it. It's not mediocre either because there are some aspects that are just excellent (e.g. the flawless acting from the entire cast), and the script was pretty decent, but I do feel like some parts could be explained better, and the middle parts could be scripted a lot faster... Looking back, there were character backgrounds that could have been explained better - /why/ did the brothers separate (was this ever explained?) or /why/ was this random 21-year-old wandering around the islands without a single mention of her parents or siblings? The ending scenes are worth it though. Viggo Mortensen executes some real Aragorn-esque vibes near the end.
September 1, 2012
In spite of a decent script and a great performance by Viggo Mortensen, the storyline leaves too many loose ends. A good movie if all you want is a little afternoon entertainment.
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