A group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a "multiverse", but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences.
When actor Fernando Alvarez Rebeil (who plays Oliver in the film) did the scene where he begs for help near his wounded brother Carlos, director Isaac Ezban approached him after the end of that day to congratulate him and tell him he had surprised him enough to take him to the verge of tears. See more »
El Incidente isn't perfect, but I found it an interesting and provocative film with solid direction and excellent performances; and even though the ending was too "spiritual" for my taste, I can recommend it as a good sample of science fiction which takes advantage of the genre in order to express complex ideas. It's not convenient to reveal too much about the two (or more?) stories of El Incidente, so I will limit myself to describe its philosophical challenges and their possible provenance. Director and screenwriter Isaac Ezban seems to have taken inspiration on "alternative logic" tales, from the TV series Lost to the work by author Philip K. Dick. However, on some aspects, the screenplay is highly rational, finding a logical solution to genuinely strange problems which we fortunately don't find in daily life, and they make us think when we see how they were solved by the picturesque characters, each one of them displaying diverse aspects of human experience. Some characters evolute and maybe improve thanks to their bizarre situation; while other ones "de-evolute" and return to the primal instincts they probably dominated during their normal lives, before finding "the incident". By the way, the poster of the film and the connotations of the title might suggest an "extraterrestrial contact" or a similar science fiction formula; however, there's nothing like that in El Incidente. By the way, I also have to mention the fact that the twist in the end doesn't seek a congruent causality, but an emotional message; in other words, the ending doesn't provoke an "Ohhhhh!", but an "Ummmmmm...". Santiago Mendoza Cortés, Paulina Montemayor, Raúl Mendez, Humberto Busto, Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, Nailea Norvind and Hernán Mendoza bring perfect performances in their roles, and the technical aspects are also very competent. In conclusion, I wouldn't consider El Incidente a great film, but it kept me quite interested, and as I previously said, it deserves a recommendation.
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