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Swedish director Daniel Sawka has created a film as authentic and direct as a news report.
Like the best drama, "Icebox" is defined by its humanity, putting a face on asylum seekers in a way news coverage only occasionally does. From that perspective it feels like HBO is performing a public service,
Icebox is not a documentary. But it does have a spare, naturalistic and awkwardly acted style that helps sell its story, which goes only so far into the legal nuances or politics of the detainee crisis on the southern border.
The film is a political statement, to be sure, but more than that it's a personal story haunted by today's headlines.
Don't read the above as "Eat your vegetables; they're good for you." There is nothing leafy green about "Icebox."
To writer and director Daniel Sawka's credit, the film ends on a poignant note, but it's hard to find any hope in this story. Oscar's uncertain journey shows no sign of ever ending, not for the rest of his life. In that, "Icebox" chills.
Set at a child detention center for the large majority of the film, Icebox is a film that should really hit a nerve with audiences.
Gonzalez - who voiced the lead in Pixar's Coco - is utterly convincing as the scared, confused young hero, and his performance carries the film over some of its more dramatically contrived moments.
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