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|John Leguizamo||Manolo Bonilla|
|Damián Alcázar||Vinicio Cepeda|
|Jose Maria Yazpik||Ivan|
|Sebastian Cordero||Director, Screenwriter|
|Eugenio Caballero||Production Designer|
|Guillermo del Toro||Producer|
|Ivan Mora Manzano||Editor|
|Antonio Pinto||Score Composer|
|Santiago Núñez Rojo||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Frida Torresblanco||Executive Producer|
|Monica Ruiz Ziegler||Costumes/Costume Designer|
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2010
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