Celda 211 (2009)
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Director: Daniel Monzón
Cast: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann,
Celda 211 starts with a suicide, ends with lynching and in between Good becomes Bad and Bad becomes Good. Celda 211 a very well made movie which keeps you on the edge of your seat. The storytelling is simple and direct and the plot explanation is taken care by the script.
Juan (Alberto Ammann) has joined the prison as a security guard and to impress his superiors he is a day early but it soon becomes a bad choice as a riot breaks out and he gets trapped with the prisoners. Since nobody knows that he is a guard, it becomes a game of cat and mouse where the mouse bells the cat to survive. In the process he becomes a close confidante of Malamadre (Luis Tosar)- instigator of the riot and the main villain if you will. This movie is a classic case study of how situations change the thinking and thus shape the beliefs of a man. It has a neo noir feel to it as it highlights that every person has a good and bad side and is molded by the surroundings and the situations.
Alberto Ammann is very good for a debutant actor and Daniel Monzon needs to be commended to have the audacity to give a relatively unknown actor back then such an important and difficult role. We feel his hopes and aspirations, his love for his wife and unborn child, his fear, anger and desperation which ultimately turn to fatal rage.
But the movie belongs to Luis Tosar, he is menacing in his avatar as Malamadre. He is truly the star of the movie and gives a magnificent, spine-chilling performance. He should cross boundaries and be involved more in Hollywood.
Please watch Celda 211 and language doesn’t matter that much as the script is so simple and do recommend it to your friends.