In the crime world of Colombia, there is an unwritten code. When Víctor and Eusebio, two hoods who bungle a shake-down job, break that code, they unwittingly sign their own death sentence.

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Carlos Moreno
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Marlon Moreno ... Victor Peñaranda
Óscar Borda Óscar Borda ... Eusebio Benitez
Álvaro Rodríguez Álvaro Rodríguez ... Silvio Sierra
Blas Jaramillo Blas Jaramillo ... El Orejón
Andres Toro Andres Toro ... Zabala (as Andrés Toro)
Julian Caicedo Julian Caicedo ... Portero
Hansel Camacho Hansel Camacho ... Don Pascual
Paulina Rivas Paulina Rivas ... La bruja Iris
Diego Quijano Diego Quijano ... Don Pablo
Luis Ariel Martinez Luis Ariel Martinez ... Dominguez
Rodrigo Vélez Rodrigo Vélez ... Torres
Hector Mejia Hector Mejia ... Mellizos
Harold Devasten Harold Devasten ... William Medina
Guillermo Piedrahita Guillermo Piedrahita ... Don Omar
Gianina Arana Gianina Arana ... Muchacha
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In the crime world of Colombia, there is an unwritten code. When Víctor and Eusebio, two hoods who bungle a shake-down job, break that code, they unwittingly sign their own death sentence.

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Another commonplace empty "sicario" movie.
4 May 2008 | by AtreyuSee all my reviews

"Perro come perro", a.k.a. "Dog Eat Dog", has been announced as a groundbreaking feature film in Colombian cinema, mainly for being a participant in Sundance Festival 2008. I even got to read a review saying that it would be the next "Amores Perros" of South America and that it marked a new period for Colombian cinema. As an openminded person who loves cinema, I was very much persuaded of seeing the film for the positive reviews: I definitely expected a whole lot more of what I got to see on the screen. Those propagandistic reviews are the motivation behind this personal commentary.

PCP is seriously flawed in many ways. We may start on the overacting of most of the cast. Now then, if it hadn't been for the superficial way in which the themes were dealt with, the spectators could have empathised with at least something; but there's no space for empathy to happen. On the contrary, the supposed seriousness of the main characters' problems is ludicrous.

The plot in itself is quite straightforward: it's a film based more on atmospheres than on actions. If the movie fails to portray a plausible atmosphere is because of its overdirecting. Without any relevant plot twists and several obvious elements, it tries to appeal in any available form to the audience, even resulting in ridiculous comic relief situations. The soundtrack (original music) and title sequence seem like made for another kind of movie. The 'over the top' post-production (colour correction, editing, sound design) only makes us too aware of the directorial efforts to be innovative. Let's face it: if you're going to do "another" Colombian-violence related-gangster film, try at least not to step on the abundant clichés available for the genre. Instead we get to see a handful of badly used cinematic resources within a weak story.

Besides the flaws aforementioned, what I least liked is its thematic emptiness. There are so many pointless situations!! This is made especially annoying with some exaggerated gratuitous violence scenes. All in all, I never got the point of the film (not the story, which is far too simple). What I mean is that it doesn't really say anything new or interesting about the topic, nor it has a cinematic proposal that would rescue the film from being a commonplace empty gangster-sicario movie, as what it really is.


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Release Date:

18 April 2008 (Colombia) See more »

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Aima gia aima See more »

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Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$80, 25 January 2009

Gross USA:

$80

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$671,816
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