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mia filodoksi apopeira sholioy sti bia toy mesoy poy ypiretei [o skino8etis], ton tropo poy ayti hrisimopoieitai os opioyho skeyasma, kai etsi gia ton habale, ton symbolismo toy ergaleioy poy koybalaei ston omo toy (os ergaleio apokalypsis tis alitheias,
It only manages to be startling in passing.
The thinking man's 8mm.
Si van con su pareja, ojo con su brazo porque puede acabar maltratado con la tensión -garantizada- de la cinta.
Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar ('Open Your Eyes') is already in his element with this low-budget thriller debut.
The young director has an exciting way of filming and keeping one engrossed in the story...
Amenábar's low-budget debut stands out as the first display of his talent as both a writer and director, a suffocating thriller that is not only extremely tense and suspenseful but also respects the viewer's intelligence and keeps us always engaged.
First 48 Minutes were so bad, I threw it back in the mail to Netflix. 1 star 7-16-2013
I can understand why this brought Alejandro Amenabar to a fruitful career, but I really just thought this was a serviceable, brainless thriller. The one thing that irked me most is that Angela is simply one of the dumbest horror protagonists I've ever seen. She is vacant, unresourceful and a God-awful liar. For one, she NEVER calls the police, despite being embroiled in a steadily worsening snuff film situation; she has no compelling reason not to do so. None. When confronted by people who are suspicious of her snooping around, she stutters and says "no" a lot, or just repeats what they're saying to her. She has about two good ideas through the entire course of the film and it's kind of amazing that she even pulls these off. We are led to believe that Angela is an intelligent girl, but she shows us almost none of this, making one awful decision after the other.
Angela's indiscretions serve to highlight some flaws in the plot - again, why does no one call the police? Why are the killers keeping their video tapes in the basement of the school, and how come so many people have access to this basement when security is presumably patrolling it? And ultimately, what compels Angela to try and solve this case herself? All we know is that she has a cursory interest in (though supposed disdain for) violence, but that offers no real reason for her not to get anyone else involved.
This is a technically strong film with a decent message, though "obsession with violence in the media" is really old-hat by now. It's a far better delivery of the theme than Funny Games, I have to say it, and I'm sure it hit harder back in 1996. I guess this aged in a way that Se7en did; sensational pictures rarely seem to last very long.
Tesis is an excellent thriller about the powerful fascination that surrounds violence and death. Especially in movies.
Angela is a visual communications student who begins to make her thesis about violence in cinema. From then on, she encounters, face to face, the rawest expression of her subject of research, closer to her than she can imagine. Angela's fascination/rejection relationship with violence implicates her in a terrible murder and the uncovering of a network of snuff filmmaking.
The suspense in Tesis is perfectly built. Alejandro Amenabar puts everyone against Angela and makes us try to guess who is really who he says he is. The performances (Ana Torrent, the little girl from the Spirit of the Beehive, Eduardo Noriega from Open Your Eyes and Fele Martínez also from OYE and recently The Bad Education) are excellent.
The best part is that it doesn't leave things resolved. Even after all the twists and shocks, there is something "in the air" to think about as the credits roll. When a film can entertain, frighten, and challenge you, imho, it's a good film. The public wants violence, does it need it?
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