Justi&Cia (2014)

  |  Comedy, Drama


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14 September 2015 | ma-cortes
| Engaging and agreeable movie that pays tribute to recently deceased actor , the great Alex Angulo
Fun , amusing and touching flick about a duo of losers attempting to a pull off a peculiar social revenge and taking justice on their own hands . This is an interesting Dramedy : comedy with brief touches of drama more in less than 90 minutes of length and yet with an air of naturalness and credibility ; though essentially predominates drama . The setting is city of León and surroundings , home of a massive industry and jobs aplenty . Today with the industry and mining in decline and the works closed down there is widespread unemployment and despair . Justino (Hovik Keuchkerian) is a miner who tiring for the social and economical crisis decides to be a ¨Vigilante¨ or ¨Justiciero¨ or ¨Social revenger¨ . Justino wants to be like ¨Charles Bronson¨ of ¨Death Wish¨ and becomes himself as ¨Judge¨ , ¨Jury¨ and ¨Executioner¨. He , then , looks for a partner , a squire similarly to ¨Robin¨ , being ¨Batman¨ : Justino . Along the way he meets a retired man named Ramon (Alex Angulo) and both of whom join forces to proceed their particular social vendetta . They are called ¨Justi¨ and ¨Cia¨ = ¨Justicia¨ , the ¨vengeful miners¨ and take on corrupt people , nasty politicians and unscrupulous entrepreneurs . As they kidnap a Mayor who has stolen thousands of Haban Puros , spending 24.000 Euros , a manager who has robbed the ERE indemnity of his workers and an entrepreneur who caused deaths of various miners and didn't receive compensations , among others . But then , there crop out several imitators of their feats . Meantime , Justino and Ramon cross Spain from Leon to Linea De La Concepcion and Gibraltar .

This entertaining film knows very well inter-cross these two genres , drama with brief touches of comedy , although the most comfortable note in the enjoyable drama . Including a sour denounce about injustices , regarding unemployment , exploitation , and corruption . It is presented as a comedy , but it does have some very moving moments, as it shows the despair and desolation of unemployment . And it subtly displays the economic conditions of Aznar/Zapatero's Spain, where entire industries were shut down , taking jobs and local economies along with them . The picture relies heavily on the unusual relationship between two main characters , though some of the sub-plots needed more fleshing out . Yet the laughs are sprinkled throughout nicely , and even though each man has their own personal fears to overcome, they find strength in each other, which makes the experience all the more fruitful .

It's fun, but no less likable , though some infinite sadness follows the film at times , including a touching finale . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind, and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few disconcerting . This is a pleasant flick that contains humor , entertainment and amusement as well as thought-provoking issues . The film gives a nice character studio of a desperate miner well played by Hovik Keuchkerian and an old man performed by Alex Angulo who gives a phenomenal acting . And special mention to appearance by veteran Antonio Dechent as an abusive entrepreneur , guilty of the deaths of Justino's colleagues , and Marta Larralde as daughter who suddenly to be aware the dangerous activities of his daddy .

The picture pays tribute to this magnificent actor , Alex Angulo, who passed away by a car accident , being dedicated at his memoriam . He had a long career , especially as secondary player , with several famous titles as ¨Live flesh or Carne Tremula¨ , ¨Acción Mutante¨ , ¨Pans' labyrinth¨ , ¨Bosque De Sombras¨ , ¨Muertos De Risa¨, ¨Asi En El Cielo Como En La Tierra¨ , ¨Años Barbaros¨, ¨El Gran Vazquez¨ , being his most known acting as fanatic priest in ¨El Dia De La Bestia¨ by Alex De La Iglesia (being Angulo his fetish actor). The motion picture was professionally directed by Ignacio Estagueri , an usual Shorts filmmaker , this one results to be his first flick . The picture will appeal to Spanish cinema fans .

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