Saturday, 16 July 2011

[483] Cell 211 (2009) Review

Well, that was quick. Here's my review of Spanish prison thriller Cell 211 (Celda 211) from Little White Lies.

The prison is one of the more potent backdrops of onscreen drama, and the list of iconic jailhouse films is longer than most attention spans. The melting-pot mixture of enforced containment, community and introspection offers a fertile context for stories that run from the personal to the political, the poetic to the gut-punch visceral.

The award-winning Spanish thriller Cell 211 is more of the latter. Hoping to make a good impression before taking up a job as a prison officer, youthful Juan (Alberto Ammann) asks for a tour of his new workplace – which, as luck would have it, occurs during a full-blown prison riot. Abandoned by his employers in the eponymous cell, Juan is soon brought before the ringleader of the uprising, the towering Malamadre (Luis Tosar), with only his wits for protection.

Read the full article here.

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