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Colosio: El asesinato (2012)

 -  Thriller  -  8 June 2012 (Mexico)
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In 1994, Mexico's ruling party's presidential candidate is brutally murdered. Nobody knows who's behind this event, it all points to a conspiracy. Andrés Vázquez, an intelligence expert, is commissioned to lead a secret investigation.

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Andrés Vázquez
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El Doctor
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Verónica
Odiseo Bichir ...
El Licenciado
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Jesús
Harold Torres ...
Mario Aburto / Joel / Sánchez Ortiz
Dagoberto Gama ...
Benítez
Emilio Echevarría ...
Don Fernando
Enoc Leaño ...
El Candidato
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Pedro
Ximena Gonzalez-Rubio ...
Diana Laura
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Bertha
Marco Pérez ...
El Seco
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Ortiga
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Torres
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It's 1994 in Mexico, the nation was witnessing a turbulent year since its beginnings. An indigenous rebellion shakes the country. Three months later, the ruling party's presidential candidate is brutally murdered during a rally in Tijuana. The country is concerned. Nobody knows who's behind this event, it all points to a conspiracy. Andrés Vázquez, an intelligence expert, is commissioned to lead a secret investigation parallel to the official government issued one. But another expert agent, el Seco, has received orders to wipe out all witnesses and get rid of the evidence surrounding the candidate's murder. As Andrés begins putting the pieces of this intricate puzzle together and comes closer to the truth, he realizes he's also putting his life and that of his loved ones in peril. Written by Anonymous

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When the family first learns of the murder, there's a Sega Dreamcast next to the TV. The movie takes places in 1994, the Dreamcast was first released in 1999. See more »

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An over-dramatic mess.
13 June 2012 | by (México, D.F., México) – See all my reviews

Let me begin by stating that I was just a child when Colosio was murdered, so I hardly remember the events from that time in 1994, and the situation the country was in shortly before and after them. Therefore, there are a few characters in the film that I feel I should recognize from the actual historical events, characters whose allusions to the real people involved in them might be obvious to someone who remembers those days better. However, any good film based on historical events will allow any viewer, regardless of their familiarity (or lack thereof) with them (be it due to age, nationality or whatever reason), to identify the characters, their role in the plot and their motivations.

It's in these aspects that "Colosio" fails monumentally. Not only are the characters and their historical equivalents unrecognizable, they also lack anything that makes us identify with and care for them and their lives and fates, not to mention that their actions have no sense or logic. The Andrés and Verónica family plot, for example: it adds nothing to the story, doesn't make us care for the characters and its manipulative attempt at making us feel sad for them at the end is hilariously transparent. The character of the Doctor perfectly represents the lack of logic to the characters' actions. By the end of the film there is no comprehensible reason for him to have ordered the Colosio investigation in the first place. Bolado's tendency to focus on the blood and violence on screen is gratuitous and unnecessary. The same is true of the extreme close-ups of the actors' features, which keeps us from being able to see the totality of their expressions and performances. These are just the main issues I had with the film, there are many, many more that I will not write about here.

Yet, credit where credit is due. The cinematography, while rather obvious with its warm color tonalities for Tijuana and colder ones for Mexico City, is still one of the best I've seen in recent national films. The actors and actresses also did the best job possible for the poor screenplay they had to work with.


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