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I thought this can't be serious, and by then i did not take seriously the trailer.
After some time, i realized they were going to launch Metastasis as a real "tv-series". I could and still cannot believe it. Why they would "recreate" a series like Breaking Bad, especially after all its recognitions and awards.
This is just tasteless, trying to suck like a parasite on the success Breaking Bad had. Sure, other series have done this, even American productions "recycling" Japanese or french successful productions.
But for what a Colombian production budget can afford, this is degrading. Just visit Youtube and Facebook pages and you will see how much dislike-clicks "Metastasis" has.
Colombia can come up with some real decent productions, and it has in the past. "Ugly Betty" for example. We should export series, not copy- paste Millions of Dollars productions with pocket money.
Just watch Breaking Bad, if you want the real deal.
It's not fair to damage such TV series like this icon with this charade. This is not a version is a parody. Starting with the casting: Awful! Anybody who has seen Diego Trujillo "acting" will realize he does the same character every time. He's the more overrated Colombian actor. The so called Jessie Pinkman is just a pretty boy who can't act. Expressionless and flat. Julián Arango is a bad, bad Hank and Connie Camelo don't even mention her. Sandra Reyes es repetitive as every soap opera she made... But the major joke is Luis Eduardo Arango as Saul Goodman. Give me a break!!!! It is evident the casting in Teleset is made by pointing friends or sexual benefactors. Damian Alcazar as Tuco Salamanca... What a waste! The guy who played Gus, no way. The twin brothers, no f*****g way. The Albuquerque desert enchant moved to Bogota, only looks good in producers retina. Directing is a poor trace of shots and the screenplays, well... Are an adaptation disaster with local slang and humor. Don't see this. If you're Colombian, request change of nationality. What a TV shame!!!
Production values: Great. if you've seen ever seen a typical Spanish serialized drama, you know the cinematography can be pretty uninspired. But here they've spent a lot of money and time planning out the shots; I don't know if they are using a RED camera but it must be that or something similar. Great job on the camera-work.
Acting: Leads are very strong. Diego Trujillo is pulling off the part really well so far, and props to Roberto Urbina and Julian Arango for their performances as Jose (Jesse) and Henry (Hank). Some of the minor characters have been noticeably weak though, especially the 2 drug addicts who stole the ATM.
Adaption: Excellent. They are now in Colombia where there is no clown culture of lawyers, so "Better Call Saul" is toned down. They use a school bus since RVs are not common, and a bunch of other changes they have made are very appropriate. Finally, the decision to do this series at all deserves a big hand, since typical Telenovelas are exaggerated good guys/bad guys stereotypes much like U.S. TV used to be in the 60s and 70s. To do such a complex character arc like Walter Blanco (White) is very unique.
Criticism from the peanut gallery: Some people are upset that Univision didn't just dub the AMC version or subtitle and stay 'true' to the original. Well, gee, why didn't the U.S. just run "The Office" - without subtitles, mind you - since it was an English show? Honestly, the list of shows that have been adapted from other countries is enormous (Ugly Betty, American Idol, Three's Company, etc etc etc). It's been done for decades with little controversy. I don't know why this one deserves any scorn. They wanted to do a good adaption, and they have! Love it!
Metastasis is almost a word for word, scene by scene remake of Breaking Bad. The only thing that has changed is the language which is now in Spanish and takes place in Colombia as well as some other minor differences.
Admittedly I do like the American version better but that is because the bar was already set too high. However, the remake is still excellent and every actor gives a great performance. Any Breaking Bad fan craving new material will be pleased with this remake. Unfortunately they do not provide subtitles in English for the non Spanish speakers.
However the great thing is that they are always releasing new episodes every weekday instead of making people wait every week for one new episode and you can catch it either on Unimas or Hulu Plus. I've been hooked since the first episode even though I'm already aware of the plot.
This Spanish language version is not bad, but not great. They use the same script but obviously have to change it some since the action takes place in Bogota, Colombia and not New Mexico. Other than that it is exactly the same as the original version.
The worst casting they have done is for the character of Tuco. They cast Damián Alcázar as Tuco. If you know Mexican cinema he is one of their best actors, but he is a comic actor. He is not scary. The guy who played Tuco in the original Breaking Bad was truly frightening, which is what the character of Tuco is all about.
For those who don't know Spanish, you can watch Metástasis on Netflix with Spanish audio and English subtitles. If you want to get more Breaking Bad then watch "Better Call Saul" on Netflix. He was Walter White's attorney.
Of course they had to change obvious things but so far they have done this in the most minimalist way I can think of.
Of course the actors may seem unfitting at first if you have watched Breaking Bad but it will wear out with in time.
All in all I think this will be a great translation series. I am very excited to finish it and I think you should all definitely give it a chance.
The comparison with the original does not fit fully here, is such a "Demake" the original that was made with low resources, lesser-known actors (perhaps in Brazil and the US, but they are relatively known in Colombia).
The "latinization" and small script adaptations that was made for the the South American audience was good and believable.
The series walks very close to the original title, with some flaws here and there, a little less inspiring interpretations of some actors, simpler effects, but give a chance at minimum is cool to revisit the world of Breaking Bad for a Latin optics.
The story survives completely intact after the transplant from Albuquerque into Bogota, and the changes that this demanded were handled convincingly and with humor.
I particularly enjoyed this as an exercise in language learning. I watched it on Netflix with Spanish subtitles, to help me past the slang, and had a great deal of fun noticing the differences in acting style and overall atmosphere. English was also available, if I got stuck.
I found Walters portrayal very believable. The character development in this version was actually better than in the original. They took the characters one step further. You may not like the directions they take.
Walter comes across as much more evil especially once Gustavo (Pollos Hermano) is killed.
I found Henry not quite as believable. A little too jovial. Jose was great as Jesse.
All in all, watch it. It is on US netflix. no idea on other countries
We're trying to learn conversational Spanish right now, so we can't follow all of the dialogue, but the subtitles help with that. I think the fact that this show is following the exact plot of Breaking Bad makes it easier for us to pickup on more of the language.
Even though the show is a remake of Breaking Bad, the setting in Columbia and some of the small intricacies that make it different are awesome.
The same is the case of the Colombian Saul Goodman. The actor portraying Jose is not bad but can not compare with the original actor. Those Latin-Americans that gave poor reviews to this series, in my opinion, exhibit self-hate and internal colonization.
Production values are not as good in the Colombian version. It is not bad but one can see that they invested more in the original.
While the Colombian version is not as good as the original (probably the best series of its decade!) is very meritorious.
The people who rated this a one out of ten are tasteless imbeciles who don't understand cinematography. Just look at their ratings for other films. 10 for Insidious, really? Grow a brain.