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  • Summary: It's Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of becoming famous and covets a fancy cellular phone in the infamous Mercado 4. He's offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a $100 bill. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Feb 6, 2014
    100
    “The Fast and the Furious” with wheelbarrows, Paraguayan action-thriller-romance hybrid 7 Boxes is a rollicking good time at the movies that offers breathtaking action and suspense, humor and appealing characters all in one visually flashy package.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 6, 2014
    88
    You wait for months, sometimes, for a movie to show you something new. "7 Boxes" does exactly that, and while it's no more than a briskly managed bit of escapism, it's a really good example of same.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Feb 7, 2014
    88
    7 Boxes is both a tense and frightening crime film as well as a sometimes-dreamy evocation of life in the sprawling underclass, its hallucinatory aspects, its chaos and violence, its fantasies.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Feb 3, 2014
    75
    The film is ripe with powerful subtext, specifically how greed, celebrity, and technology help to form a misguided sense of opportunity that keeps the working class downtrodden.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 6, 2014
    70
    The filmmakers stage an amazing race that almost absolves an overstuffed plot and an over-reliance on coincidence.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 4, 2014
    70
    The film surges by, powered by high spirits, well-plotted surprises, and the directors' admirable attention to both the real and romantic.
  7. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Feb 6, 2014
    50
    Given the routineness of the chase itself, what jumps out here is the pervasive desperation shared by just about every character.

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  1. Feb 10, 2014
    8
    This is a Paraguayan action and crime movie.
    It depicts a few days in life of a teenager Victor in a very poor neighborhood (if I am not
    mistaken it is Asuncion marketplace) trying to make a living. His dream is to become famous and see himself on a TV.
    This movie should become a crowd-pleaser: it has a bit of teen romance, some violence, some racing (not car racing but still quite intense), some suspense, some humor. Plus the movie is done extremely well overall. All that on a very low budget.
    Definitely worth watching.
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