A brilliant portrayal by Edgar Ramirez of this complex character---Carlos the Jackal.Intelligent,as he professed his concern for the oppressed,yet ambitious,power hungry and cruel.
One of the many riveting episodes is the recreation of the OPEC hostage taking early in the film.
Using The Lightening Seeds' "Pure" as a soundtrack of one of the few light scenes of an otherwise dark and bleak film is genius. f you liked Carlos, you will love Mesrine, Vallanzasca and The Baader Meinhof Complex.
Epic in ambition, but surprisingly intimate in execution, "Carlos" starts off with energy and vibrancy, but looses both pace and resonance quickly. With a running time of 7 episodes of "The Sopranos", you'd expect Assayas to dig deep into the characters. But the result is the opposite, with no success in creating a strong connection and understanding of the title character nor the reasons for his actions.
A bold, sprawling epic about the life of the infamous left-wing terrorist, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, spanning decades and continents. Olivier Assayas sustains drama and tension for nearly 5 1/2 hours, with a depth and scope reminiscent of THE GODFATHER.
It's indeed very impressive. The first 2/3 was solid, but the last third was weak in a way I can't quite explain. Reminded me a bit of Mesrine and a lot of The Baader-Meinhof Complex. It's better than both. Also, Edgar Ramirez was brilliant.