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Contrary to the previous reviewer, I was not a baby when the events
depicted in this Film occurred. This also implies some potential bias
from my side in terms of having a better chance of identifying the
The film does a very decent job of building credible sequences to explain what might have happened to motivate and execute the murder of the presidential candidate. For those of us who remember the anguish of the events, and the frustration not to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together, this is a very nice try to make sense of things without committing excessively with a single particular hypothesis.
The acting is first class, in particular from Daniel Gimenez Cacho, who creates a repulsive "Doctor" who makes our stomach wretch with the villainy of the old Mexican political class.
The film maintains always a decent pace- balancing nicely the potential boredom of a documentary with the excesses of a fast paced action film.
Kudos for the Mexican cinema, probably an overstatement, but a nice try to emulate Stone's JFK.
I CAN't review this movie with ignorance; I wasn't a child when this happened. I have knowledge about what it represents, being a Mexican and seeing firsthand the political system in Mexico, and regardless of living in the USA for more than twenty years I will tell you that the political system in Mexico is the same as decades ago. This movie is a great movie, because is not just a movie! It's all that, I hated and criticized, the corruption and the lack of morals in my birth country, is that so, that seeing and predicting the past election in the USA, it was just common sense for some of us, that's how much some Mexicans understand politics,. The acting, is good, I was surprised that some of the actors would actually be able to recreate such a realistic atmosphere, and the best of it, bringing into life despicable people some of us still remember, I could rant and rant about this political, "fictional" movie, I just got to say this is just for people with a good knowledge about real life, acting and movies, if you are in that category, you won't regret watching it!
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
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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