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Cell 211 2009

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4.2 out of 5 stars (65) IMDb 7.7/10
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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot-the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Starring:
Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Luis Tosar, Manuel Moron
Director Daniel Monzon
Genres Crime, Drama, Thriller
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 9 January 2012
Main languages Spanish
Subtitles English
Original title Celda 211
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Luis Tosar, Manuel Moron
Director Daniel Monzon
Genres Crime, Drama, Thriller
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 9 January 2012
Main languages Spanish
Subtitles English
Original title Celda 211

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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Format: DVD
This great film from Spain (with French participation in Canal+ etc) is pretty basic in terms of plot. The main protagonist is one Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) - he is starting work as a prison guard in Zamora. He is keen to make a good impression so pops along in his civilian clothing a day early, just to see how things are done. He wants to make this career change work as he has a wife, Elena, who is six months pregnant.

On arrival he is shown around by his new work mates, they explain the facility is falling apart and as they do so, a piece of the ceiling collapses and hits Juan on the head, rendering him unconscious. They take him into the empty, but spooky, Cell 211. This happens to coincide with the signal for the riot to begin. Juan is out cold and his new colleagues decide to make a brave but strategic withdrawal, leaving him in the cell.

This is also no ordinary wing it is the Segregation Wing as we would call it (DSS in Spain). It houses the worst prisoners including lifers and those with full blown AIDS. It is run by a rather unsavoury character called Malamadre (Luis Tozan - who is very impressive). Juan comes around and realises that he is in the middle of a riot and quickly realise that his best bet to survive the carnage is to pretend to be a new inmate.

What unfolds in less than predictable, it is taut, well acted, brutal and gripping. The plot turns and twists are informed more by lack of professionalism on the part of the authorities than on the guile of Juan - but that plays a big part too. The inmates are all believable especially the Colombians and the ETTA guys who are in a separate part of the wing, but the prisoners know all about it.
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A story about Juan who's having a terrible first day at work, the film is... okay, a good first half the obvious reflections on society specifically Spain's are interesting but after a while become a bit samey, the cliched characters as well such as Juan who is crazy handsome like movie handsome compared to everyone else in the entire film, the wife who is basically in the film for one reason, and when that reason comes you're not shocked you just think why would she go there... she's pregnant this is stupid. I rather liked Malamadre and the other prisoners although again a kind of cliche. The second half becomes more sentimental and predictable the "bad guys" are actually ok and the "good guys" are liars and corrupt, although both sides have good and bad. The acting was good, especially Malamadre who i didnt like at first his gruff voice i felt slightly stereotypical but is actually fantastic in the film, its always hard to tell when they are speaking a foreign language (i couldn't tell the difference between Basque and Spanish when they spoke). I think this film would be much more interesting and enjoyable if you were from Spain itself, as you can appreciate the social context and the ETA angle more, if they were to remake it in English a N.I setting would have the same sort of parallels i think.
Although many negatives the film is still good and better than a lot of other movies out there
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Great Spanish prison film,I found it very real ,with brilliant acting.Juan's first day at work as a prison guard throws him in the deep end when he is left alone as a prison riot erupts.He has to use his wits to stay alive and pretend to be another prisoner in for murder.He is taken under the wing of Malamadre the leader of the riot who is campaigning for better rights and he begins to sympathise when he experiences first hand the corruption and violence that goes on.A RIVETTING FILM WELL WORTH WATCHING.
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A very good film overall. Some really tense moments and some good acting. Interesting role reversals as Juan switches from viewing the prisoners as an outsider, to pretending to be one of them, before finally...well, no spoilers.

I became totally engrossed at times despite the subtitles. The script is generally good and the characters believable. I would have given it 5 stars were it not for a thoroughly unbelievable turn of events that is central to the story and Juan's motivations for his actions. His wife simply would not have put herself in that position, in my opinion. Though, I've never been pregnant or a woman so I could be wrong.

Well worth a watch
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What an intelligent,thought provoking,well acted,well directed film. I seem to be the only person who thought 'A Prophet' was a total waste of time,unless how to be gormless is acting, and after watching this I know I was right. This is how a prison film should be.

The lead actors engage you from the start and the various twists and turns of the plot are brilliant moving through moral mazes, leaving the viewer totally engrossed in the film-wow.
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have to say it, I never bother with subtitled films.. and I am actually AMAZED. This was such an amazing film, I got really into it.
I'm not one of those who EVER writes a review and I can assure you I never will, but this film deserved a comment.
It's so worth the watch. Should be 10/10!
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