Daniel Monzón’s Cell 211 is a gripping, suspenseful thriller, as well as a political commentary on the situation in Spanish jails today. While the film hits several notes popular to the prison film genre, it also questions the extent to which the violence characteristically bred within these facilities is due to the “untameable” disposition of the prisoner.
Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena (Marta Etura), at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious. He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this diversion unfolds, inmates of the high-security cellblock strategically break free and hijack the penitentiary. Aware of the violence that is to come, the prison officers flee, leaving Juan stranded and unconscious in the heart of the riot. When Juan awakens, he immediately takes stock of the situation; in order to survive, he must pretend to be a prisoner.
Un film incredibile: tesissimo, con un ritmo invidiabile e dei dialoghi fenomenali. Il personaggio di Malamadre colpisce così forte da lasciare un livido ("Di Malamadre non ride nemmeno dio"), e quello di Juan riesce a creare una forte empatia con lo spettatore, che soffre continuamente per il modo in cui il poveraccio viene spremuto perfino dalle istituzioni. **** e 1/2
Bonne petite surprise espagnole qu’est Cellule 211 de Daniel Monzon. Le cinéaste nous plonge directement dans le vif du sujet pour ne laisser que très rarement le spectateur respirer. Bienvenue dans… read review