La Soga (The Butcher's Son)

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  • Summary: A cop works against his country's corrupt government in order to find justice on a case.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. La Soga moves with a crazed energy that denies moral nuance. But the banal narrative (based on events in Mr. Perez's life) is elbowed aside by Josh Crook's eccentric direction and images that the cinematographer, Zeus Morand, brands with near-poetic intensity.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Made mainly by Yanks and New York-based Dominicans, the vibrant film bursts with local color and trades in very specific aspects of criminality, island-style.
  3. Although at times the film gets bogged down in psychological murkiness, the relentless pace and brooding charisma of its star overcomes its narrative deficiencies.
  4. 50
    If animal slaughter makes you queasy, this movie isn't for you. Along with several cockfights, there's a long scene in which a pig is butchered. The folks at PETA would be most unhappy. People don't fare much better than the animals, with blood flowing in a seemingly unending barrage of violence.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    50
    La Soga isn't without redeeming qualities: Superfluous flashbacks aside, Crook keeps the action moving at a fast clip, cutting fluidly from the streets of Santiago to its criminal pipeline in Washington Heights, and he gets a sinister turn from Calderon, a veteran character actor who plays Rafa with a soulful swagger.
  6. 50
    If La Soga feels neither gritty nor poignant enough to hit that sweet spot, it's not for a lack of sincerity.
  7. 25
    It's disheartening that a story with roots in autobiography, no matter how tentative, should end up as such an impersonal genre rehash.

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