2015. A Coruña, Galicia (northwest to Spain). Carlos, a bank executive happily married with Marta and father of two children, older Sara and younger Marcos, starts the day as any other ready to work in the bank after to take the children to the school. But when the three up in the car, a cell phone left in the car rings. Receiving the call, an unknown voice tells Carlos that there is a bomb under the car and demands him a great amount of money under the menace to explode it if any of the three down the car, marking the end of the workday as time to receive the money. Hiding the danger to the children, Carlos starts a race across the city calling Víctor, his friend and job partner, to get the money. When Carlos meets in the city by chance with Victor's wife Julia while he is in negotiations with the own Víctor, Carlos learns that "The Unknown" too is blackmailing Víctor, who rejects to pay the money get after an illegal bank operations. Trying to save her, Carlos and the children watch...Written by
Neat Spanish thriller that could be mistaken for a Hollywood film
A banker goes to work one day and takes the kids to be dropped off at school but before that can happen, he receives a phone call from someone who tells him he has placed a bomb under the seats of the car and tells him he must arrange a transfer of money to him.
It's the kind of idea that has been seen before whereby someone on the end of a phone is controlling someone else for their gain but from the offset we are sent on a thrilling journey making you wonder why this is happening and making you wonder what you would do in such a situation. The director manages to keep things fairly grounded and so the realism assists in building up the tension. There are a couple of twists thrown in which keeps the pace going.
Good acting from everyone involved in a cast that I am unfamiliar with due to the Spanish production. In the decade of remakes and reboots, this is certainly a film I can see being remade at some point. Provided you do not mind reading subtitles this is certainly worth the viewing time.
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