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For my sophomore college English class, I did a paper on Stanley Kubrick's "2001". SUMAS y RESTAS, really deserves one of its own. After living in Colombia for a total of 28 years and having had three close brushes with death, the only way to review this is with some brief insight into the dynamics of crime and violence in Colombia...
Most Colombians either ...
....A) Have been DIRECT victims of violence themselves....or
....B) Have family members, relatives and/or close friends who've been victims.
EVERYONE ELSE has friends, neighbors, classmates and/or co-workers who have experienced violence directly. Undoubtedly, it has ebbed from its peak in the 80's and 90's, but it's still an everyday fact of life people have learned to live with.
One factor, only dealt with rather obliquely in the film, is that violence can originate from many different sources; organized crime, leftist guerrillas, paramilitary groups, common criminals, corrupt police officials or any one of the above, masquerading as any one of the others! The kidnappers in the film identify themselves as F-2 agents (Think: DEA), but their true origin is never revealed. More often than not, this is the sad reality of Colombia.
Still, for the record, at least 97% or 98% of Colombians never collaborate or participate, in any way, with any of these factions! A bit uneven during its first 40 minutes, "Medellin" had me mesmerized its last hour.
I'm sad to admit, this was a gritty, spot-on slice of the dark side of Colombian life. The non-stop profanity is not translated in the English subtitles...The reason: Movies are usually translated by people officially licensed by the Colombian government, so they end up changing "Scarface" into "Paleface". But the sociopaths like the ones in SUMAS are known for incessant obscenity; it's unfortunate this was lost in translation.
The ending minute(?)was butchered/redacted or oddly altered in some way, causing me to lower my rating from 9* to just 8* STARS...
WARNING: Lots of naked, gyrating Colombian ladies!...ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!
Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!
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