2 June 2016 | ma-cortes
Sea adventure plenty of historical chart , ancient archives , treasure hunters and , overall , emotion
Based on the homonymous novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte dealing with mean people who seek valuable treasures at whatever cost . Exciting thriller including noisy action , thrills , twists , turns , an intense love story , offbeat characters and moving as well as emotive musical score . It deals with Coy (Carmelo Gómez) , an expert but retired seaman who meets a gorgeous woman called Tánger (Aitiana Sánchez Gijón) , a representative of the national maritime museum . Tanger asks him for help : decipher chart by Urrutia Salcedo , a notorious eighteenth century Spanish cartographer . Tánger attempts to discover the lost ¨Pecio¨ of the brigantine Dei Gloria , which sank off the coast of Cartagena on a return journey from Cuba . Later on , Coy and Tanger carry out a relentless quest to find out the sunken brigantine , but a tough mobster (Enrico Lo Verso) and his hoodlum are stalking them , trying to find out clues about a treasure located on the ship a couple of centuries ago.
This interesting tale takes a lot of sea literature from Homero , Joseph Conrad to Herman Melville , all of them are included in "The Nautical Chart" . An engaging story that describes the main literary issues from Arturo Pérez-Reverte : enigmas , mystery plots and historical investigation . In addition , themes of betrayal and double cross the movie is about . Moving thriller plenty of emotion , suspense , intrigue , delusions , plot twists , a rare love story with abundant erotic frames and ship as well as underwater scenes . Despite being somewhat of a cinematic cliché , rarely has a feature been so aptly deserving of its description as a thriller picture along with some elements from Noir film , action and past historical events . Awesome acting by Carmelo Gómez as an ex-sailor in distress who becomes involved with a Femme Fatal , as he feels a strong attraction for a mysterious woman well played by Aitiana Sánchez Gijón . This is an entertaining picture in which suspense is well developed from start to finish , though crammed with several unappropriated intercourse scenes -in softcore style- between Carmelo Gomez and Aitiana Sánchez Gijón who holds some nude scenes . Imanol Uribe , also writes the script along with Arturo Pérez-Reverte , based on his novel , filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thought-provoking issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . Reverte is a Spanish journalist and TV reporter, who turned to writer and today the best-selling author in Spain and the best-selling Spanish author in the world . Famous author of "Alatriste" novels as he carried out quite a lot of the work of investigating historical documents relating to 17th Century Madrid. His novels have the common thread of being based on real historical times and that in each case a great deal of investigation goes into the making of his stories, as well as the fact that he has had to learn a great deal on topics ranging from chess-playing to historical first-editions from 16th Century Dutch masters to Informatics and even swordsmanship . His extraordinary imaginative abilities have been able to produce well-written adventure stories , being adapted for cinema the following novels : ¨The Fencing Master¨ , ¨Territorio Comanche¨ , ¨The ninth gate¨ , ¨Cachito¨ , ¨Gitano¨ and ¨Tabla De Flades¨ . ¨The Nautical Chart" turns out to be a hard-edge thriller/drama centers around Carmelo Gómez/Coy , Aitiana Sánchez Gijón/Tanger conflicts and their peculiar love story . The yarn is nicely paced but sometimes results to be slow-moving , because of the story needs a vibration more real than the one offered in this flick , though also contains interesting scenes , thrilling images and sensitive moments . Anyway, its is compensated with the great performances from main cast , and fine support cast , interpreters who provided a considerable boost to the result . Imanol is a great director of actors and the main players are complemented by a good cast of secondaries ; all of them forming a powerful human group and giving excellent interpretations such as Enrico Lo Verso , García Gallego , Carlos Kaniowsky , among others .
Atmospheric and evocative musical score by Bingen Mendizabal who composes a stirring soundtrack . Including a spotless pictorial cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe and a willingness , almost perfect of the elements of each shot , every sequence , every space ; being rightly filmed on location in Algeciras, Barcelona, Cádiz, Cartagena, Madrid y Murcia . Aguirresarobe subsequently would make a prestigious career in Hollywood such as ¨Fright night , ¨The twilight saga : eclipse¨, ¨The road¨ , ¨The others¨ and many others . This Antonio Cardenal/Enrique Cerezo production was professionally written , produced by Imanol Uribe who also directed , though has some flaws and resulted to get average success at Spanish Box office . Uribe who lived and had a son with actress María Barranco , gained fame early in his career for his controversial socio-political portraits of the Basque people , such as ¨Fuga Segovia¨, ¨Muerte Mikel¨ and he turned to thriller as ¨Adios Pequeña¨, ¨Plenilunio¨ and drama as ¨Bwana¨ , ¨Rey Pasmado¨ , ¨Extraños¨ and his biggest hit smash : ¨Dias Contados¨ or ¨Running out of time¨.