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Cell 211 (2009)

Celda 211 (original title)
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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

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José Utrilla
Manuel Morón ...
Ernesto Almansa
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Apache
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Elena
Luis Zahera ...
Releches
Fernando Soto ...
Armando Nieto
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Tachuela
Manolo Solo ...
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Patxi Bisquert ...
Jon Arteaga 'Potolo'
Josean Bengoetxea ...
Antxon Elorza 'El Profesor'
Anartz Zuazua ...
Asier Urruticoechea 'El Txiqui'
Miguel Martín ...
Pincho
Félix Cubero ...
Germán
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Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious. He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this diversion unfolds, inmates of the high security cell block strategically break free and hijack the penitentiary. Aware of the violence that is to come, the prison officers flee, leaving Juan stranded and unconscious in the heart of the riot. When Juan awakens, he immediately takes stock of the situation; in order to survive, he must pretend to be a prisoner. Juan develops a dialogue with the violent leader of the riot, Badass, and the two begin a partnership, Badass fully believing that Juan is a new inmate. Negotiations go smoothly until the rioters take three ETA (the militant Basque separatist organization) prisoners ... Written by Anonymous

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Cell 211  »

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$5,700,000 (estimated)
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The movie is dedicated to 'Luis Ángel Puente', a fireman of the city of Zamora (Spain) where the film is located. He participated in the film and died rescuing two boys in the Duero river shortly after. See more »

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When the minister is heading to the prison, the car he is driven in is shown as an Audi A6 (1997) from the front, when arriving to the prison the car is shown from behind, but this is an Audi A8 (2005) model. See more »

Quotes

Malamadre: Where did you come from?
Juan Oliver: From 211.
Malamadre: That cell was empty.
Juan Oliver: Not anymore.
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An intense experience!
22 May 2011 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Celda 211 has a very intriguing premise where the "soon to be a prison guard" Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) has to pretend being an inmate in order to survive all the chaos after the prisoners take over the facility. We feel that director Daniel Monzón is concerned in creating a nervous atmosphere during the whole film and he achieves that objective effectively. I found very interesting how a person could change her personality and reality in extreme situations. Differently from similar films in the prison break genre, this one had some nice twists and a great script. The director brilliantly captures the strange friendship between Juan and Malamadre, the leader of the rebellion, which is constantly developing.

As for the acting, it's impressive how Alberto Ammann portrays his character and you can really identify with him and all the emotions that emerges with his dangerous position. Luis Tosar, who plays Malamadre, also gives a fantastic performance as a disturbed, proud, threatening, but loyal to his friends prisoner. The rest of the cast does a tremendous job too!

In conclusion, Celda 211 is a creative and highly original film about the thin line between who really are the good and the bad guys in a prison territory with rebellion. I forgot to say it's also an action packed film until the end, which is very realistic. Supported by a terrific cast, solid direction and a great script, Celda 211 is an involving film that leaves us thinking about its moral values and deserved all the awards it got.


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