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Drug dealer Blas Jaramillo wants back the money that Marlon Moreno has stolen
Actor Blas Jaramillo who passed away prematurely has an important role in this solid neo-noir. Here he gave a terrific performance. He is very scary as a drug boss out to get his money back from one of his lowly workers who has stolen it, Marlon Moreno. Moreno's boss works for Jaramillo. He was given the assignment to get the money from the "twins" and he in turn assigned it to Moreno and two other gang members. When they accidentally killed the one twin who was home, Moreno managed to get the money in a house search and conceal it from the other two. He blames the twins.
At the same time that he's finding ways to pressure his underlings, both subtle and violent, Jaramillo is using a witch doctor and black magic to get back at Oscar Borda, who has killed another man close to Jaramillo. Borda and Moreno are pulled together in an assignment to find the missing other twin by Jaramillo's main trusted get-it-done guy, Alvaro Rodriguez, another frightening character. Borda and Moreno share a hotel room and Moreno, constantly suspicious, cautious and wearing a poker face is placed under lots of psychological pressure. Borda is cracking up, and we are given to link that with the black magic.
Produced and filmed in Colombia, it naturally has lots of local color, heat and grime. Locations are chosen when needed to produce a seedy atmosphere. The actors will be unfamiliar to most foreigners. This can be a plus because they certainly look the part of criminals and are completely convincing. The central plot element of a crime gone wrong is familiar in classic noir. It's handled proficiently here, focusing on psychological pressures and introducing offbeat plot elements and characters that add a good deal of novelty and make the plot more convoluted and interesting. Rodriguez, for example, is clearly a sadistic killer but he likes to tell stories and laugh a lot. His van leaks gasoline. Jaramillo is working with an older black witch doctor woman who smokes cigars constantly and places spells. Borda has some bad visions. The hotel room where Borda and Moreno hang out keeps receiving strange phone calls from a man looking for "Adela".
Clearly an underworld boss cannot allow underlings to steal goods. He must enforce his rules strictly to hold on to his reputation. But the underlings, not sharing in the wealth that much, face lots of temptations. These realities, not weighty themes, are what drive a movie like "Dog Eat Dog", a fitting title.
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