Sunday, October 9, 2005

Ana Torrent, Fele Martinez, Eduardo Noriega

"My name is Angela. They are going to kill me."

Greenbelt 1, Cinema 2

Spanish Film Festival

A thrilling film from Amenabar circa 1996. A student, Angela while doing research for her thesis on audiovisual violence stumbles across a snuff tape. Those really violent tapes where women are kidnapped, tortured then killed while being filmed. It caters to a massive underground market who get a kick out of watching such sadistically brutal scenes. It is a thriller interspersed with really violent scenes of the snuff video. Some parts can be dragging but you just stay glued to the screen trying to figure out which of the characters is the main culprit in the snuff video. It reminded me of that Nicholas Cage flick, 8mm which also featured snuff films. If you have a sensitive stomach and cringe easily at violent scenes, then I won't recommend this movie. But if you can just cover your ears to the screams, and close your eyes when the gory scenes are shown (like I did) then you should do alright. After all, it is just a movie. But surely, these snuff films are a harsh reality in certain sectors of a sick society that feed on such violent behavior! I guess to each his own, huh?

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