Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka 'Carlos,' is a Venezuelan-born Marxist revolutionary who aligns himself with the Palestinian cause and becomes the world's most notorious terrorist. He leads assaults on the meeting of OPEC ministers, taking them hostage and flying them from country to country seeking asylum, one of the most daring acts of terrorism in history. From his earliest days as an apprentice in the revolutionary movement to his subsequent downfall, Carlos becomes a figure of legend. Written by
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The original plan was for the film to focus on the terrorist's capture in Sudan in 1994 and run for 90 minutes. However, as director Olivier Assayas started conducting research into his subject, he realized that there was a much bigger story to tell. See more »
At the meeting with KGB chief Yuri Andropov in Baghdad in December 1977, Carlos is assisted by an interpreter. However, Carlos spoke Russian. He had studied Russian since he was a teenager, and he later attended university in Moscow. See more »
Fast and furious, very much like the mesmerizing Mesrine in its focus on a focused, driven psychopath who ultimately commits crimes for the sense of power and adrenaline they fuel. Character vignettes are sharply portrayed in short, slower-paced scenes that provide rest stops from our own adrenaline rush and illustrate the defining personality traits of the eponymous anti-hero. As one example: the seduction scene in part 2 between Carlos and the German femme terrorist Magdalena Kopp.
Quite simply, like Mesrine, great cinema with action, passion and tragedy, and one of the best movies of the year.
Don't see anything less than the full version. DVR the showing on Sundance or wait for DVDs. The film was shot as a miniseries and there's no reason to see it in a theater, especially if it's the truncated version.
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