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El Niño (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 August 2014 (Spain)
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A small-time trafficker working in the Gibraltar Straits.

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Daniel Monzón
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... Jesús
Jesús Castro ... Niño
Eduard Fernández ... Sergio
Sergi López ... Vicente
Bárbara Lennie ... Eva
Jesús Carroza ... Compi
Mariam Bachir Mariam Bachir ... Amina
Juan Motilla Juan Motilla ... Manolo
Moussa Maaskri ... Rachid
Saed Chatiby Saed Chatiby ... Halil
Ian McShane ... Inglés
María García María García ... Marifé
Abel Mora Abel Mora ... Hombre del Puerto
Ales Furundarena Ales Furundarena ... Juez Instructor
Somaya Taoufiki Somaya Taoufiki ... Amiga de Amina
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El Niño is a young boy who lives in La Línea de la Concepción, close to Rock of Gibraltar, repairing and testing motorboats. After a night of party with his friend El Compi, they meet Halil, a young Muslim who has an uncle, Rachid, a drug dealer. Convinced by El Compi, El Niño accepts to be a drug mule, crossing it from África to Spain in a motorboat. In the opposite side of the law is Jesús, a veteran police officer who, helped by his partner Eva, is looking for El Inglés, an important drug dealer who operates in the Rock of Gibraltar. Written by Chockys

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | Arabic | English

Release Date:

29 August 2014 (Spain) See more »

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9 mil See more »

Filming Locations:

Gibraltar See more »

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Budget:

€6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,915,634 (Spain), 29 August 2014, Wide Release
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Dolby Atmos

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Color
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When Eva checks the bank accounts and finds out that there's something she can't check, the warning graphics have a typo misspelling "Juridiction" instead of "Jurisdiction". See more »


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Niño sin miedo
Written by India Martínez, Riki Rivera and David Santisteban
Performed by India Martínez feat. Rachid Taha
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Flawed thriller
14 January 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

EL NINO is a flawed Spanish thriller from expert director Daniel Monzon (THE KOVAK BOX) who creates a stylish and fine-looking movie saddled with, unfortunately, a somewhat meandering and overlong plot. The narrative clocks in at around two hours and fifteen minutes in length, but at least forty-five minutes of that running time could readily have been excised in order to make a better paced, more exciting film.

The setting is Gibraltar, which looks exceptionally beautiful thanks to the cinematography, and the subject is the drug smuggling route to Morocco and back. There's a tableau of characters, the best of whom are the investigating drug agents led by Luis Tosar (SLEEP TIGHT), but the bad news is that they're off-screen for long stretches of time, leaving the film in the hands of a less experienced cast. Instead we follow youthful drug smuggler Nino and his attempts to make a fortune from the trade.

The problem the film has is that Nino just isn't a very interesting character and the guy playing him is a bit wooden. He's very self-centred and out for what he can get, and the actor just doesn't have the charisma to make him likable at all. A romantic sub-plot between him and a Moroccan girl is almost unwatchable, it's so dull. Monzon does shoot a handful of chase scenes typically involving boats and helicopters which are expertly done, so it's a shame he couldn't focus more on the thrills rather than the padding; if he'd done so then EL NINO was shaping up to be a minor classic of its genre. As it stands, it's just average.


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