Sunday, June 4, 2017

At the End of the Tunnel (Al final del túnel) (SIFF 2017) - Movie Review

The Movie: At the End of the Tunnel (Al final del túnel)

The Director: Rodrigo Grande

The Cast: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Federico Luppi, Clara Lago, Pablo Echarri, Uma Salduende

The Story: From his wheel chair, Joaquin discovers that his neighbors are digging a tunnel to rob the bank next to his apartment. He also finds out that the lady renting the room in his own house is an accomplice. He eventually realizes that he is in serious risk, and also in love.

The Review:
During a recent Q&A session at the Seattle International Film Festival, director Rodrigo Grande stated that his biggest influences for the film were Hitchcock and Tarantino and their blueprints are all over this film in the best ways possible. It's been a while since I've seen a crime thriller this well thought out with twists and turns around every corner and a consistent level of intensity that keeps you glued to the screen. Grande continually keeps the audience guessing when it comes to who is on whose side, what their real motivations are, and is anyone actually going to survive this crazy thrill ride?

Leonardo Sbaraglia, a very highly respected actor in Argentina, delivers a powerful performance that accentuates the duality that desperation can bring out of a human being. On one hand, he is a grieving widow who has lost pretty much everything and, on the other, he is a brilliant opportunist, working tirelessly to stay one step ahead of his competitors. Some of his best scenes are when working alongside Clara Largo whose character is dealing with her own personal struggles while trying to work every angle to her own advantage. The way they play off of each other is both alluring and seductive yet you never know whether they are working for or against each other.

The Verdict:
At the End of the Tunnel is a welcome addition to the crime thriller genre as it is filled with originality, high stakes intensity, and an ending that will leave you exhausted and purely satisfied. Definitely check this movie out if you have the chance.

At the End of the Tunnel is an official selection of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

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