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Impressive, gritty Spanish prison drama,
This review is from: Cell 211 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I really enjoyed this prison drama from Spain. It is gritty, raw and debatably realistic, but most importantly entertaining. It's characters are likeable and diverse and the leads are captivating, for what is a macho, adrenaline fuelled play.
The film is about a new prison guard who gets locked in with the inmates after a riot breaks out. He pretends to be a prisoner himself, to stay alive, and fight for a way out to be reunited with his pregnant wife. The film heads down a gritty, dark outcome route (somewhat predictable) as he teams up with the jail leading psycho (Malamadre) to fight the system.
I would argue this is more accessible than other foreign arty films such as Prophet and Elite Squad, and being much better than recent prison based films (Experiment, Dog Pound and co) being essentially gratifying, without being too supercilious, arty or serious.
Males (15-40) should especially love this film (if you can stand the subtitles and light culture) and I recommend it to film fans, suggesting it is more entertaining than anything of wow note or of recognition.
The Blu-Ray version adds little to the standard DVD (other than the obvious clarity) with standard subtitling and the same extras.