Cronicas

Cronicas

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Director: Sebastian Cordero

Cast: John Leguizamo, Leonor Watling, Damián Alcázar

     
 

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A man with a secret forms an uneasy alliance with an opportunistic reporter in this drama from Mexico. Manolo Bonilla (John Leguizamo) is a broadcast journalist for a Latin-American tabloid television series who has been sent to Ecuador to cover the funeral services of three children who fell victim to a mass murderer known as "the Monster of Babahoyo." Shortly after…  See more details below

Overview

A man with a secret forms an uneasy alliance with an opportunistic reporter in this drama from Mexico. Manolo Bonilla (John Leguizamo) is a broadcast journalist for a Latin-American tabloid television series who has been sent to Ecuador to cover the funeral services of three children who fell victim to a mass murderer known as "the Monster of Babahoyo." Shortly after Bonilla finishes interviewing a young mourner, the child is struck by a car driven by Vinicio Cepeda (Damián Alcázar), a traveling salesman who pedals bibles. The crowd assembled to pay their respects flies into a rage, pulling Cepeda from his car and nearly killing him. Bonilla's intervention ends up saving Cepeda's life, but the reporter is ashamed to admit that he and his cameraman didn't break through the crowd to save the driver, but in hopes of getting a better shot of those beating him. Cepeda is jailed for manslaughter, and when Bonilla visits him behind bars, he shares some unexpected news with the reporter -- he claims to know the identity of "the Monster of Babahoyo," and also knows where the killer has buried other victims. Cepeda is willing to share this information if Bonilla can help get him out of jail, but instead of handing the information to the police, Bonilla decides to investigate himself, certain that another scoop on the case will boost his ratings and his career. Crónicas was screened as part of the "Un Certain Regard" series at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
UPC:
0660200312527
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Final alterno; "Como Se Hizo Cronicas"; Galería fotográfica; sesión de grabación de "Soledad"; Pisata de comentarios del director; Escenas Borradas; Trailer de cine estados unidos; Trailers ecuatorianos; Otros Trailers; Links a paginas web; Sonido surround 5.1; Subtítulos en Inglés y Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Leguizamo Manolo Bonilla
Leonor Watling Marisa
Damián Alcázar Vinicio Cepeda
Jose Maria Yazpik Ivan
Alfred Molina Victor
Henry Lucho Actor

Technical Credits
Sebastian Cordero Director,Screenwriter
Eugenio Caballero Production Designer
Luis Carballar Editor
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Alfonso Cuarón Producer
Isabel Davalos Producer
Thierry Forte Co-producer
Guillermo del Toro Producer
Ivan Mora Manzano Editor
Ivan Mora Editor
Bertha Navarro Producer
Antonio Pinto Score Composer
Regina Reyes Makeup
Santiago Núñez Rojo Sound/Sound Designer
Mauricio Samaniego Casting
Frida Torresblanco Executive Producer
Jorge Vergara Producer
Monica Ruiz Ziegler Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cronicas
1. Getting Clean [4:10]
2. Innocent Saints [5:55]
3. Altercation [5:16]
4. Monster [3:36]
5. A Dirty Stunt [2:32]
6. Needing Each Other [6:29]
7. To Live in Fear [2:35]
8. Night Digging [1:52]
9. So Empty [4:24]
10. Special Connection [6:39]
11. Met Him Once [3:40]
12. Invincible [6:38]
13. Esperanza [3:42]
14. I'm Watching [5:01]
15. Lost Hope [5:37]
16. A Matter of Time [4:06]
17. Suspicious [1:50]
18. Anonymous Call [5:15]
19. Watchful Eyes [2:51]
20. Released [1:02]
21. No Choice [2:38]
22. Standing Firm [1:57]
23. That's My Job [3:59]
24. Credits [1:42]

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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At first, this film is difficult to watch, given the subject matter of violence against children. Soon it becomes obvious that there is more to it than that, and that is where the hook comes in. ‘Crónicas’ is a movie that begins with a terrific concept but sort of dwindles along the way. It’s a good move with a very good performances, especially on the part of John Leguizamo, as a popular and ambitious reporter Manolo Bonilla doing a story about a notorious serial killer, and Damián Alcázar as Vinicio Cepeda, a man that by accident runs over and kills a local kid (whose brother was killed by the serial killer), and is saved by Manolo Bonilla from a lynching mob. Vinicio Cepeda wants the reporter to do a favorable story about him, and possibly, by doing so, help him get out of jail, where his life might be in danger. In exchange he offers him some information on "Monster of Babahoyo", the pedophile serial killer. Damián Alcázar gives an incredible performance as a kind, humble, god-loving man with some uneasy, disturbing quality. The only real shortcoming of this movie, in my opinion, is that it is undeveloped. The movie could use another half an hour of plot towards the end and the film and it also felt bleak and slow in some areas. Even though I was a bit disappointed ‘Crónicas’ is a powerful film that certainly puts a brutal spin on the issue of a reporter protecting his sources and ethics, even when the worst of the implications happens off camera.