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Mirageman -- Maco, a young man orphaned after his parents and surviving younger brother were brutally attacked, lives a solitary life as a nightclub security guard.  One day, he intervenes in a violent robbery, rescuing a television report, who later reports on her masked hero.  Hearing of this new superhero, Maco's institutionalized brother's mental health improves.  Encouraged by this improvement, Maco takes on the secret life of the superhero known as Mirageman.


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He has no superpowers, just his fists and guts.
A club bouncer with a dark past and great fighting skills decides to become a superhero. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marko Zaror ... Maco Gutiérrez / Mirageman
María Elena Swett ... Carol Valdivieso
Ariel Mateluna ... Tito Gutiérrez
Mauricio Pesutic ... Juan Moli
Iván Jara ... Pseudo-Robin
Jack Arama ... Doctor Sartori
Gina Aguad ... Lectora de Noticias
Eduardo Castro ... Rony Lozano
Arturo Ruiz Tagle ... Jefe Red Pedofilia
Pablo Díaz ... Cliente Topless
Francisco Castro ... Villano Capoeira
Esteban Vitagliano ... Villano Tae Kwon Do
Juan Pablo Miranda ... Ladrón Casa
Juan Pablo Aliaga ... Padre Niña Secuestrada
Gabriela Sobarzo ... Enfermera Juanita
Sofía Salas ... Enfermera Sofía
Hugo Núñez ... Loquito Pincel
Paula Leoncini ... Mujer Asaltada
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucky Buzio ... Carterista 4

Ernesto Díaz Espinoza ... Ladrón de Quioscos
Derek Wade ... Psuedo-Robin (voice)

Directed by
Ernesto Díaz Espinoza 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernesto Díaz Espinoza 

Produced by
Jorge Abud .... executive producer
Gina Aguad .... executive producer
Sebastián Ayub .... executive producer
Eduardo Castro .... line producer
Iván Lopez .... executive producer
José Miguel Posada .... executive producer
Derek Rundell .... producer
Diego S. Santander .... executive producer
Javier Schenone .... executive producer
Mike Traa .... executive producer
Felipe Villarino .... executive producer
Marko Zaror .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Nicolás Ibieta (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ernesto Díaz Espinoza 
Production Design by
Constanza Lopehandía Meza 
Costume Design by
Marisol Torres 
Makeup Department
Carla Gasic .... makeup artist
Production Management
Julio Jorquera Arriagada .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chepo Sepulveda Egaña .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Mauricio Castañeda .... foley artist
Mauricio Castañeda .... foley supervisor
Daniel Heusser .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Juan Pablo Aliaga .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ismael Cabrera .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolás Ibieta .... digital colorist
Victor Gonzalez .... stunt performer
Victor Gonzalez .... stunts
Wernher Schurmann .... stunt coordinator
Wernher Schurmann .... stunt performer
Jorge Vergara .... stunts
Marko Zaror .... martial arts fight coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolás Ibieta .... cameraman
Other crew
Houston King .... producer's representative

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Rated R for violence and some language
Chile:90 min
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Batman without the Batmobile. Or Any Money At All, Actually., 13 October 2009
Author: drunkenhopfrog from

Here comes a new superhero movie from… Chile? Why not? This is not a typical superhero story. In fact 'super' is downright inaccurate while 'hero' just barely applies – at first.

Marko Zaror, a stuntman and reputed martial artist, stars as Maco, a quiet and respectful bouncer working at a local strip club. When not working, Maco is a fitness and workout nut. The seemingly gratuitous scenes showing Maco working out, charting calories, and taking amino acids seem like filler at first, but what the film is doing is introducing the character and showing his solitary life that contains little meaning outside of fitness and his institutionalized brother.

Maco's family was brutally attacked three years earlier. In the attack, the father and mother were murdered, the youngest brother beaten and sodomized, and Maco was beaten to near death. Since that time Maco has been training, working out, fanatically practicing martial arts for… something. Maco's brother is in a mental hospital due to the severe trauma of the murder and rape.

One night while jogging Maco stumbles across a robbery in progress outside of a suburban house. After instinctively disabling one bad guy, Maco hears screams coming from inside the house. Maco grabs the bad guy's mask and enters, surprising the bad guys and saving the day. One of the rescued victims is ambitions tabloid television reporter Carol V (María Elena Swett).

Carol V broadcasts a commentary piece the next night on her television show in which she calls the man that rescued her a "hero" without a Batmobile or cape. Maco is stunned by the reaction and the gears in his head start clicking. The gears become unstoppable when Maco visits his brother at the institution. For the first time since the attack, Maco's brother is responsive. It seems he was inspired by the report of the regular guy superhero. Maco then becomes convinced that he can stop the type of evil that happened to his parents, inspire his brother to get better, and perhaps earn the adoration of such public as Carol V.

"Mirageman" is a difficult and ultimately rewarding movie. In it's short 87 minute running time, "Mirageman" changes tone three different times. By far the most amusing scenes come early in Maco's career as Mirageman. Mirageman has to fight what would be the first real life challenge of any superhero: Practicality. Mirageman has to overcome cumbersome costume difficulties which include time required to change into the costume and where to stash his non-hero clothes. And of course transportation. Although Maco's "origin story" is similar to Bruce Wayne, Maco is no billionaire. His costume is pieced together from a sporting goods store and he owns no car. At first he takes the bus when battling villainy.

"Mirageman" also revels in the belly-bouncing glee of how a superhero must hold himself while walking around. "The Dark Knight" and "Spider-Man" never shows the viewer what it's like when the Caped Crusader or the Web-Slinger has to, say, simply walk up stairs or down a hallway. How would they act while doing the mundane? Marco deals with that as Mirageman. The extended sequences showing the costumed Mirageman 'creeping' in bright sunlight with his arms held to ready like an arcade game are both funny and uncomfortably awkward.

The second tone of "Mirageman" deals with the life of a hero after he's sorta figured it out. This includes the surprising public reaction to their very own superhero and the ways that a simple masked man trying to do good can be exploited and become something of which he never wished. Maco also has to deal with what fans he has and hopefully deal with that embarrassing transportation issue. Maybe a sidekick would be just the thing?

Maco goes through many transformations during the movie. I honestly can't remember more than one or two lines that Zaror has as Maco. Most of the character building is deftly conveyed using what the viewer already knows about 'superheros' and situational drama. Although he never says it, we feel Maco's pain, inadequacies, and sense of justice.

The third tone is set as Maco has to deal with these issues and the very real likelihood that, in order the make a real difference, he may have to risk it all.

The last act is brutal and realistic – a sharp contrast when compared to the relative camp of the opening act. One gets the feeling that this is what it would be like to take that mantel of responsibility.

Mirageman is left exploring a final question. Does he truly want to be a Hero?

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