The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Thriller


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A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.


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  • John Malkovich at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival makes his directorial debut with the film "The Dancer Upstairs."
  • Javier Bardem and Laura Morante in The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
  • Javier Bardem in The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
  • John Malkovich and Javier Bardem at an event for The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
  • John Malkovich at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival makes his directorial debut with the film "The Dancer Upstairs."
  • Javier Bardem and Juan Diego Botto in The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

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31 December 2002 | ian_harris
8
| Gripping
Very closely based on Guzman and the Shining Path Maoist terrorists in Peru, this movie is compulsive viewing.

The plot is fairly standard good cop tracks down bad guys - there are no bonus points for this plot. Indeed, some of the coincidences that arise as the film goes on are the weakest link in this otherwise near-flawless movie.

There has been much talk about the violent scenes in this movie, which are many, but especially the scenes with animals. My view is that it is no more morally wrong to depict violence to animals than it is to depict violence to humans, as long as no animal (or human) is actually harmed in making the depiction. We are told that none of the animals were harmed in the making of the film (and presumably also none of the people). As far as I am concerned that is the end of that matter - the use of animals, unhamred, for this purpose is acceptable. To argue otherwise I find, frankly, daft. However, I would recommend that people who get particularly upset when violence to animals is depicted should simply avoid this movie.

Back to the movie - the acting and the cinematography are superb. It is gripping - the film is 135 minutes long which is well past my attention span unless the film is really good. This film is just that.

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