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El desconocido (2015)

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A bank executive receives an anonymous phone call informing him he has just a few hours to obtain a large amount of money or a bomb under his seat will explode.


Dani de la Torre


Alberto Marini
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... Carlos
Javier Gutiérrez ... El Desconocido
Elvira Mínguez ... Belén
Fernando Cayo ... Espinosa
Goya Toledo ... Marta
Paula del Río Paula del Río ... Sara
Marco Sanz Marco Sanz ... Marcos
Antonio Mourelos Antonio Mourelos ... Ángel
Ricardo de Barreiro Ricardo de Barreiro ... Víctor
María Mera María Mera ... Julia
Luis Zahera ... Conductor
Xosé Barato Xosé Barato ... Tedax 1 (as José Barato)
Daniel Currás Daniel Currás ... Policía 1
Camila Bossa Camila Bossa ... Médico
Carolina Vázquez Carolina Vázquez ... Ana


A bank executive receives an anonymous phone call informing him he has just a few hours to obtain a large amount of money or a bomb under his seat will explode.

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Release Date:

25 September 2015 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Anrufer unbekannt See more »


Box Office


€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€702,467 (Spain), 25 September 2015, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The kids wear the uniform of the school center Compañía de María but the school is not actually placed in the street where is suposed in the movie when the father takes them there. See more »


Remade as Retribution See more »

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Moving and exciting thriller about a banker who receives an anonymous phone call facing a dangerous and twisted situation
6 June 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Above average thriller with plenty of twists , turns and a suspenseful finale . It contains unstopped action with great cast and nice supporting actors giving good performances . Furthermore , displaying a colorful and luxurious cinematography as well as a stirring and emotive score . ¨Retribution¨ or ¨El Desconocido¨ deals with a bank executive called Carlos : Luis Tosar , who faces a risked situation when he receives a mobile phone call informing him he has just a few hours to get a large amount of money or a bomb under his seat will explode , but events are about to be worst . Complicating things still further , the police pursues him and surrounding his car and then happenings go awry .

This is a top-notch thriller about a high-powered banker submitted to weird circumstances surrounding him , that's just the starting point for him , and a bit later on , things get even worse . A film in similar quality other Hollywood blockbusters . As this film results to be a crossover from other benchmarking successes as well as grossing American films , such as : ¨Locke¨ by Steven Knight (2013) with Tom Hardy , "Speed" (1994) directed by Jan de Bont with Keanu Reeves , and "Phone Booth" (2002) Joel Schumacher with Colin Farrell . This splendid Spanish movie has a lot of action images , including pursuits , car crashes , explosion , and Police Helicopter scenes . The plot can not be very realistic ; however, displaying several scenes have you on the edge of your seat . The picture increases the relentless tension as well as the flick progresses on screen . Thrilling and nail-biting film with a lot of scenes of drama , tension , emotion and action , all of them at equal parts . This is a highly suspenseful and cerebral thriller , filled with plot twists , including an unexpected denouement in its final part . Hitchcock style psychological thriller , being surprisingly good and stunningly directed . The picture is pretty well , though sometimes stagy , as developing into the car , and it has a lot of turns . However , being very entertaining for its continuous suspense . The original as well entertaining premise is overspread across the movie adding some brief conventional pitfalls . The well assembled cast is frankly good , including masterful direction of players , such as : Luis Tosar as the selfish winner businessman , Javier Gutiérrez , Elvira Mínguez , Fernando Cayo , Goya Toledo , Luis Zahera and special mention for Paula del Río as his daughter Marta . It packs a colorful and evocative cinematography by Juán Inchaustegui . Shot in Vigo and especially in its Plaza de Vigo , A Coruña , Galicia . Rousing and moving musical score by Manuel Ribeiro . Soundtrack is really helping to keep tied to what happens .

This increasingly potent thriller was compellingly produced by Mercedes Gamero , Juan Carlos Caro , Emma Lustres , all of them have financed a great number of hits in the new Spanish cinema . This new film by Spanish writer/director Dani De La Torre was compelling and professionally directed . Dani previously realized short movies as ¨Lobos¨ and Minas¨ , and TV Mini-Series : ¨Mar Libre¨ and his first film was this ¨El Desconocido¨ , a film full of emotional thrills , suspense , mystery and non-stop action .

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