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CHE as written, directed, and produced by Josh Evans is an amateurish
attempt to present the life of one of the more interesting
revolutionary figures of the 20th century - Ernesto 'Che' Guevarade la
Serna, the Argentinean physician who searched for meaning in his view
of the world and joined Fidel Castro in overthrowing the dictatorship
of Cuba. Despite the presence of the fine actor Eduardo Noriega in the
title role and Sonia Braga in a cameo role as Celia, Che's mother, the
film is plagued by simplistic dialogue, lack of momentum, choppy
editing, and a large cast that would have been a bit more credible had
the film been shot in Spanish - the language of all of the actors. Josh
Evans provides no insights as to the person of Che or his motivations,
but instead relies on the viewer's knowledge of the period to provide
the missing lapses in story line. And while many may feel that Che was
the more important force in the idealism of the revolution than the
leader Fidel Castro, it is doubtful that Castro was as tepid and
uninspiring a figure as actor Enrico Lo Verso and the pathetic script
make him appear.
With the 'other CHE' of Steven Soderbergh with Benicio Del Toro and a stellar cast due for release soon, it is not surprising that this amateurish film was released direct to DVD. The story and the actors deserve better treatment. Grady Harp
Just finished watching this film. Overall I think this deserves a
rental, but not a purchase.
First off Eduardo Noriega does a good job portraying Che. The cinematography is quite nice to look at, as well as Paula Garcés is very pretty to look at as well.
As much as I really wanted to like this as a film I just didn't. The way the story is told seems very sporadic, and jumps all over the place. The shoot-outs never feel suspenseful, and the usage of the stock footage seems like it was used a a style thing, instead of using it to help tell the story.
Also, the musical score. Some films use a piece of music several times throughout a film and it just works. This film however doesn't. It seems like he just re-used the same piece of music because he didn't have any other stuff to work with. It also feels like he is trying too hard to make you feel a certain emotion when there just isn't enough time spent to really understand fully what is going.
Perhaps I am being a bit harsh, but I was left disappointed after the film ended. I should also mention I got so bored the first time I watched it that I had to turn it off.
Not a bad effort, but not great either. Let's hope the Del Toro version will be more detailed, and feel more like a film and not a documentary.
This film is embarrassingly bad. I don't blame Noriega; he has proved
his acting ability in other films. However, the script and the
direction for this movie are absolutely terrible. Every line is spoken
as if by by a kid in a sixth-grade school production.
The dialogue is nothing more than exposition -- "We need to take the fort. It will give us a moral victory." "Let's go." "A large number of enemy soldiers are coming." "If you are lying, you will b punished." "I saw them." "Where are they?" There is absolutely no drama, no insight, nothing. Just a flat display of a series of events, almost like an old-fashioned "life of the saints" type performance.
The whole movie reminded me of a scene in Woody Allen's "Life and Death," in which a doctor, a soldier, and a prostitute were assigned to present a dramatic performance illustrating the dangers of venereal diseases -- stiff, amateurish, non-acting
Great story to be told, but this effort was, as previous comments noted, amateurish. The most interesting thing about the production (?): What may be a "goof" in this home movie was after Che and a couple of others manage to survive the Cuban landing and fight their way through mountains, he appears to sporting a very nice wristwatch while performing doctor duties with one of the locals. Hopefully it's a Rolex. Anybody see "The Party" with Peter Sellars? Opening is a movie shot of a 19th century Indian skirmish in which he's wearing a 1960's wristwatch. The director loses it after having to shoot another take on account of this slip. Apparently in Che they didn't have the time.
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