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The Squad (2011)

El páramo (original title)
After losing contact with a military base, a high mountain unit is sent to investigate. Upon arrival, they find only a woman in chains. Isolation and the impossibility of escape serve to undermine the soldiers' judgment.

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Juan Pablo Barragán ...
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Mauricio Navas ...
Teniente
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Ramos
Andrés Castañeda ...
Sargento
Nelson Camayo ...
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Julio César Valencia ...
Robledo
Andres Torres ...
Arango
Mateo Stevel ...
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Daniela Catz ...
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After losing contact with a military base, a high mountain unit is sent to investigate. Upon arrival, they find only a woman in chains. Isolation and the impossibility of escape serve to undermine the soldiers' judgment.

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Something is out there.

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Horror | Thriller

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7 October 2011 (Colombia)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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One of the actors actually fired a real gun at the shooting. Somehow, he confused a prop with a real rifle. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. See more »

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Disappointing
21 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Unfortunately The Squad fails to deliver on its interesting premise and promising first ten minutes. Competent camera work and a decent cast is unable to make up for a lack of plot, structure or coherent direction. I can appreciate what the director was attempting to do with lingering close-ups of grim, suffering faces, subtle sound cues and atmospheric lighting, but one can only rely on those techniques so long before delivering some kind of pay-off. For me the film completely failed to rack up any tension or arrive at a destination. I was more concerned with wondering why the characters - supposedly trained soldiers in a war zone - were behaving more like angsty teens who've fallen out with their parents.

The message that in a civil war everyone looks like the enemy could have been portrayed far more effectively without tacking on a poorly-realized supernatural element. The film-makers tried to do both and ended up with neither. I hate using the word, but 'boring' really is the only word that comes to mind.


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