With Eli Roth,  Andrea Osvárt, Ariel levy, Natasha Yarovenko, Nicolas Martinez, Lorenza Izzo

Written by Eli Roth, Nicolás López, Guillermo Amoedo
Directed by Nicolás López

Director Eli Roth's Horror roots (Cabin Fever, Hostel) diverts in this disaster film he produced, co-wrote and stars in. Its protagonists not only get pitted against natural seismic dangers, but also that of the people around them.

With Roth in one of the lead roles (his most extensive acting gig to date), there is an (overly extended) first act of character introduction with an American businessman / tourist taken around Chile hot spots by a connected guy and his friend. They party, meet girls, have endless banter and very this much splits the movie up in two halves of silly frivolousness and deadly chaos. When the unexpected earthquake strikes, a jail housing some despicable criminals collapses, their run for safety extending to fleeing and hiding from a group of escaped scumbags out to quench more than just a murderous rage. Heroes and cowards are made in the face of this fear that seems like it can only spiral out of control. Some scenes are very frustrating, especially when the viewer envisions themselves in these situations.

(Interestingly I saw a Discovery Channel show about the human brain and mind, its presenter Eli Roth was tested and they found that while adjusted, he has a propensity for psychopathic tendencies – which makes sense in his movie subject choices).

2 / C
- Paul Blom

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Click covers below for more Eli Roth movies, as director

Cabin Fever
Hostel 2

and as actor
Death Proof
Inglourious Basterds

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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