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Museo (2018)

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In 1985, a group of criminals mock the security of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City to extract 140 pre-Hispanic pieces from their showcases.


Alonso Ruizpalacios (as Alonso Ruiz Palacios), Alonso Ruizpalacios


Manuel Alcalá, Alonso Ruizpalacios (as Alonso Ruiz Palacios)
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Credited cast:
Gael García Bernal ... Juan Nuñez
Simon Russell Beale ... Frank Graves
Lynn Gilmartin ... Gemma
Ilse Salas ... Silvia
Lisa Owen ... Sra. Nuñez
Alfredo Castro ... Dr. Nuñez
Leonardo Ortizgris ... Benjamin Wilson
Bernardo Velasco ... Bosco
Leticia Brédice ... Sherezada
Camila Robertson Glennie Camila Robertson Glennie ... Girl
Pablo Chemor Pablo Chemor ... Self
Maite Suarez Diez Maite Suarez Diez ... Jimena
Rodrigo Alcántara Rodrigo Alcántara ... Bouncer
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Two veterinary school drop-outs find that they are in way over-their-heads when they commit Mexico's most improbable heist -- the looting of its sacred Anthropology Museum - but the invaluable treasure quickly turns into an inescapable and ruinous curse that is impossible to fence.

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The movie is a fictionalized account of what was called "The Heist of the Century", with the obvious changes. In reality, it was performed by two veterinary school students, actual names Carlos Perches and Ramon Sardina. The movie portrays the events of the actual robbery quite accurately, including museum guards being careless due to a Christmas celebration, the amount and type stolen pieces, the method of escape, as well as the first suspicion of the heist being done by professionals working for international art dealers and the 50 million pesos reward offered by the museum. Later, the film comprises time periods and combines several characters into a single one. In reality, the thieves managed to avoid capture for four years: Perches and Sardina went to Acapulco, when they tried to sell the pieces to drug lord Jose Serrano and his mistress, a popular cabaret dancer nicknamed "Princesa Yamal". Serrano introduced them to Salvador Gutierrez a.k.a. "El Cabo", another drug lord, who promised to sell the artifacts and estimated a price tag of one billion dollars. Two of the pieces were given to Serrano in exchange for cocaine by Perches, while Sardina apparently gave him seven as evidence they were the actual robbers. The police, in the meanwhile, had lost track of the pieces and closed the file, in part by the fact of the Museum not having a complete inventory of the stolen artifacts until much later, with the first reports showing wrong or incomplete records. Finally, in January 1989, the Mexican Federal Police arrested "El Cabo", who gave them all the leads to find the robbers. Perches was arrested in April at his house, along with his brother and the rest of the stolen artifacts. Five more people were arrested, including Serrano's mistress, an Argentinean showgirl called Cristina Gonzalez -both later released- and an American named Nathan Clevenger, the apparent buyer. In total, 111 of 124 pieces were recovered and returned to the museum. However, the whereabouts of Ramon Sardina and the nine pieces he and Perches gave away is still unknown. See more »

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A good film but should've been a lot more!
1 November 2019 | by alcas-87312See all my reviews

Museo is a film about to museum thieves that are isolated from they're families do to their own views on history and life (staring Gael Garcia Bernal and directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios). I like the film but to me it was the essential problem of it's potential. In the beginning, there's this narration section on history and what is truth which was the best part of the film but it wasn't explored and was thrown out immediately. The third act which is the weakest part involving Juan (the name of Gael Garcia Bernal's character) fighting in a bar and getting drunk in the beach. Second, the freeze frame/motionless technique which the film occasionally utilized (heist scene and bar fight sequence specifically) just looks plain silly. In addition, certain shots like the painting sequences and Juan running gave me a confused reaction. The pacing was slow at times and couple of scenes felt like GPS destination routes than moving the story forward with purpose. Lastly, the entire film felt safe and none of it gave the impression of being memorable or starting a conversation of any kind about the film's theme which is unfortunate cause it looks fairly well and Garcia Bernal gives a good performance. In conclusion, the movie is good but should've been a lot more!

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Release Date:

26 October 2018 (Mexico) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,554, 16 September 2018

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