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Murieron por encima de sus posibilidades (2014)

This is a mad satire about five individuals living in a mental institution. While inside, they come up with a plan to save the global economy and at the same time punish those responsible. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Pla ...
Iván Telefunken ...
Negociador (as Àlex Brendemühl)
Cristina Carrasco ...
José Javier (as José Coronado)
Diego Dávila ...
Doble de Cristiano Ronaldo
Presentador Telediario
Raül Flores ...
Directora del Colegio
Maria Lapiedra ...
Mujer Láctea


This is a mad satire about five individuals living in a mental institution. While inside, they come up with a plan to save the global economy and at the same time punish those responsible. The first step is to get out of the institution and on the yacht of the bank president. Written by Fanny

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Amusing , fun and absurd comedy about a bunch of losers attempting to execute a relentless vendetta
8 February 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This funny film knows very well inter-cross these two genres , black comedy with brief touches of denounce , although the most comfortable note in the mad comedy filled with many cameos of known people and other familiar secondary faces . The picture contains thrills , noisy action , tongue-in-cheek , grotesque situations and above all , humor . The setting is Madrid , Barcelona and surroundings , homes of a massive industry and jobs aplenty ; however , today with the industry in decline and the works closed down there is widespread unemployment and despair . This is a nutty satire about five individuals (Raúl Arévalo as Miguel , Bruno Bergonzini as Piti , Jordi Vilches as Jordi , Albert Pla as Albert , Julián Villagrán as Julio) living in an insanity institution . They have been imprisoned for homicides and the grisly killings were committed because of economical problems . While inside , they form a new band of underdogs to carry out a big robbing . As the foolish people come up with a scheme to save the global economy and at the same time punish those responsible . The first step is to get out of the facility , as they get escape , and on the yacht of the Central Bank director (Jose Maria Pou) pull off a heist . As a bunch of furries with machine guns attack a fantastic boat in which is the wealthy bank president and three nasty executives (Imanol Arias , Luis Tosar , Carmen Machi) . As they abduct kidnap the CEO of a big bank and his underlings . As at the end we find our anti-heroes in a delicate and dangerous situation .

This film is made to entertain , and this movie , especially for a good time and a nice entertainment . It is a passable and unapologetic dark comedy with nice special effects , it has several funny and hilarious scenes and quite successful action scenes with persecution , getaways , fights , crashes and many other things . In Isaki Lacuesta's Murieron Por Encima Sus Posibilidades there's an awful lot of crazy per square inch . This is a strange comedy plenty of social satire along with brief touches of denounce more in less than 90 minutes of length and yet with an air of craziness and surrealism ; though essentially predominates absurd happenings with tongue-in-cheek . Including a sour critique about injustices , regarding unemployment , financial troubles , politic corruption and bank exploitation . Although there are also nudism , bad-mouthed language , bad taste jokes , profanities and 'gore' in the disturbing scenes when Carmen Machi and Luis Tosar attack Imanol Arias . Given that the old Alex de la Iglesia is still going strong there doesn't appear to be any particularly pressing need for Spain to discover a new Alex De la Iglesia , but what the hell here is Isaki to bring us another particular craziness that looks absolutely Gonzo , being shot in De la Iglesia's style . It is presented as a comedy , but it does have some very embarrassing moments , as it shows the despair and desolation of unemployment and how a band of nuts carry out out their peculiar revenge against social powers . And it subtly displays the economic conditions of Aznar/Zapatero/Rajoy's Spain , where entire industries were shut down , taking jobs and local economies along with them , and emerging citizen movements as ¨15 M¨ . The picture belongs to recent trends : A welcome reconsideration of Spain's recent past , often from a more sophisticated or comedic viewpoint ; the multi-presence of Spain's crisis in various titles , and here is well represented with this ¨Sui Generis¨ film .

The picture relies heavily on the unusual relationship between five folly main characters , though some of the sub-plots needed more fleshing out . Yet the laughs are sprinkled throughout nicely, and even though each insane man has their own personal fears to overcome , the lunacy inmates find strength in each other , which makes the experience all the more fruitful . It's fun , but no less likable , though some infinite sadness follows the film at times . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few disconcerting . This is a pleasant flick that packs lots of humor , entertainment and amusement as well as sour criticism . The film gives a catching character studio of a band of nuts committing various madcap things , antics , frolics and madness . The picture displays a famous plethora of actors , an all Spanish-star cast such as Àlex Brendemühl , José Coronado , Bárbara Lennie , Eduard Fernández , Sergi López , Jose Maria Pou , Emma Suárez , José Sacristán , most of them playing brief appearances and cameos . As the cameos are very amusing and fun and there are lots of laughters and jokes .

The movie displays a colorful and adequate cinematography by Diego Dussuel and Marc Gómez del Moral , being filmed on location in Madrid , Barcelona , Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Girona, Catalonia , Spain . And a thrilling as well as appropriate musical score . The motion picture was middlingly directed by Isaki Lacuesta who previously filmed "The Legend of Time" , ¨The Damned" or "The Condemned¨ , "The Double Steps" and some documentaries and shorts . Isaki Lacuesta appears to be taking a run at that title with Murieron Por Encima De Sus Posibilidades . Being shot over the course of two years, when the director could put together enough money to shoot this and that scene.

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