Saturday, April 16, 2011
|My Rating:||5 / 10|
|Date Seen:||Saturday, April 15, 2011|
|Theater:||Regal Arbor Cinema|
|Movie Site Links:||IMDB,Netflix,Rotten Tomatoes,Flixster|
A Spanish film crew is in the process of making a historical drama about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the new world. It prominently features the Spanish conquest over the Indians, and they've decided to go to Bolivia where they can cheaply get Andean natives that more or less look like American Indians. When they arrive, they find plenty of people eager to try out for the movie, and one man in particular (Daniel, played by Juan Carlos Aduviri) who would be perfect for a key role. However, there is also a lot of unrest in the area, as the government has decided to dramatically raise the price for water and also to forbid people from getting water from other sources. They have locked up wells and are even forbidding people to capture rainwater. The situation is quickly escalating, and Daniel is a key man in the citizens opposing the government's oppression.
This is a slowly-paced and tedious movie. It focuses much too heavily on the process of making the movie and not enough on the civil unrest. For some reason, it also includes a third aspect, which is the concurrent process of filming the "making of" for the movie that is seemingly without any point whatsoever, as neither it nor the people involved are significant to the story line. It also contains a very abrupt and unexplained reversal of the feelings of two of the characters involved in making the movie. Further, the movie is in Spanish and subtitled in English, but the subtitles are rather poorly done, containing a few grammatical errors and often difficult to read against lightly-colored backgrounds. I didn't get any real enjoyment from the film, and am somewhat puzzled by how well reviewed it has been from others who have seen it.