Séptimo (The 7th Floor)2013
Séptimo (The 7th Floor) (2013)
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Not exactly sure what to make of this movie. It's certainly competently made and solidly acted, Ricardo Darin being one of Argentina's finest actors and Belen Rueda being immensely talented as well. The film works because there's so many options as to who may have done this that trying to crack the case, actually, becomes a lot of fun. Trying to sense everybody's motivations and what they would possibly have to gain from kidnapping Sebastian's kids. Of course, sadly, the description here on Flixster spoils the entire goddamn movie. The fact of the matter is that, and if you didn't figure it out from the description, I'll spoil it here so, you know, ****MASSIVE SPOILERS****. OK so the description makes it seem as if Sebastian, almost from the beginning of the 'hostage' situation, where his kids are kidnapped, suspects his mother is involved in it. This couldn't be farther from the truth. While he does find out that she is involved, it's not until like, I don't know, 15 minutes before the movie ends. This description makes it seem like it's his search for proof of what she did. It's not. When he finds out it's after he signs away full custody of the kids to Delia so she can then move to Madrid with them. He, obviously, hurries after them and Delia so she can't get on the plane, which will take her to Madrid the same night the kids are "returned" to her and Sebastian. All of this takes place in the last 15 minutes. So, unfortunately, the description spoils the entire thing. Part of the fun is figuring out which suspect has the best motive to do this. And this description ruins that. Of course, I also DID spoil the entire plot, but at least I warned people about it. As far as the twist goes, revealing that it was just part of Delia's plan to get Sebastian to give up full custody of the kids, I guess it would be a good one. But there's so many variables going on that made this a little crazy. For example Delia is counting on Sebastian playing the stairs game, where the kids run downstairs while Sebastian rides the elevator to see who gets to the first floor first. What if he, for once in his life, decides not to actually play this game with his kids. Whether because he's late or something. She can't count on that. What would happen then, her entire plan would've fallen apart. Unless she had a contingency plan, which is possible. But that one bothered me a little bit. Everything had to go according to plan and if it didn't, what would've happened. Of course, I shouldn't think about that since it was actually meant to be part of the film, but I cannot help it. I just think that a lot of these films are much too perfectly planned until the obligatory one mistake that will come back to haunt them. It'd be a little more believable if the criminals' plans didn't always go as perfectly as they planned until they, as mentioned, they make one fatal mistake. Just have a couple of things go wrong, not to the point where the criminals are caught before the climax, but enough to create doubt. It's simply far more believable and, quite frankly, interesting. Another thing about the twist I've got problems with is the fact of whether or not anyone would actually go to this extreme to gain custody of their children. People, both men and women, use their children to manipulate the other. Or just to fuck with the other person emotionally and that is really fucked up. Kids should not be used as manipulation tactics. If a man/woman is a good mother/father, regardless of your relationship with them, they should be allowed to have a relationship with the children. No questions asked. You may hate the fucker, but one thing has nothing to do with the other. So that's why I'm questioning as to whether or not anyone would actually do this. I suppose it's possible if people have killed themselves, and their kids, just to spite their spouse. Kidnapping is child's play, pardon the pun, next to that. Thankfully, though, the film does a good job at handling this twist without making it comes across as nonsensical. It very well could've been interpreted as such. I never found the film to be great, because it's quite a while before the film really gets going, setting everything up took some time, but it's a perfectly solid enough thriller. It's suspenseful and it keeps you intrigued. This is a more easily digestible thriller than I would like, but that doesn't mean it's not a pretty good one to watch. It's got an interesting story with solid acting and writing. Very flawed, but still enjoyable.
An efficient thriller that is able to create tension and suspense especially from the protagonist's growing state of despair (with Darín in an intense performance, as usual), but it all collapses in a preposterous and downright stupid third act that almost ruins the whole thing.
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