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Tesis [Import]

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Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar grabbed the attention of American audiences with his dreamy thriller Open Your Eyes, but he earlier sent shock waves throughout Spain in 1996 with this disturbing debut. Thesis is a quietly creepy psychological thriller about a young college student, Ángela (Ana Torrent) investigating the social fascination with sensational violence for her thesis project. In her search for violent video footage, she stumbles onto what may be a real live snuff film, a videotape that her professor was watching before his untimely death. With the help of a geeky gore junkie she uncovers a conspiracy that may include her handsome but sinister new boyfriend, her thesis advisor, and even her weirdo partner. When she uncovers one too many secrets lying in the catacombs of the university basement, she realizes that she may be the next victim. It goes on perhaps too long, and Amenábar's pointed observations on the lure of violence and the dark side of human nature are lost as the spiraling mystery spins into a first-person nightmare, but his skill at weaving a paranoid world where evil may lurk behind every friendly face is undeniable. Thesis is reminiscent of Brian De Palma's early thrillers: dark, stylish, subdued, and bubbling with the characters' guilty (and ultimately dangerous) fascination with the transgressive. --Sean Axmaker

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The winner of 6 Goya Awards - including Best Picture - TESIS is an American-style thriller from Spain's director sensation Alejandro Amenabar (The Others, Open Your Eyes). Angela (Ana Torrent: Spirit of the Beehive, Cria), is a university student writing her thesis about violence in the media. During her research, she comes across a shocking ""snuff"" film (a film where a murder is actually committed for the camera) that has apparently been shot on the campus. Investigating further, she uncovers clues that the university's administrators may be involved in an unexplained series of student disappearances, leading her to the ultimate terrifying revelation: she might be the next victim. TESIS has been acclaimed by critics around the world as a superbly constructed thriller that generates considerable suspense and thrills from beginning to end. The DVD features a new digitally-remastered widescreen picture along with a "making of" featurette, deleted scenes, and more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive and scary debut film April 26 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
An entertaining, thought provoking and at times truly scary first film. It reminds me of early DePalma, both in it's strengths and weaknesses.

In his first feature, Amenabar uses violence and fear as means to explore deeper themes and psychology - in this case the way we're all drawn to violent images, even if we claim not to be. But these ideas stay pretty heady, and at times teeter on preachy or obvious. The film is full of wonderfully clever visual and sound techniques, but occasionally you become so aware of the flash and `hey, what a cool way to film a scene' that it takes you out of the movie. Also for me, the score is a little too obvious a Bernard Herrman homage.

It also goes on a little long. The first 75 minutes or so seemed downright brilliant, but when you drag a thriller out, often the creakiness of the plot shows through. In the end there are a few twists too many for credibility, and it crosses into, `c'mon, she would have gone to the cops by now' territory for the last half hour.

Yet, even once it starts to feel a bit silly, it's never dull, and the tension stays high. For all its flaws, it scared me and it got me to think, and that's always worth applauding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, lousy picture transfer March 9 2004
Format:DVD
We wanted to make an "AMERICAN STYLE THRILLER!" says director Alejandro Amenabar and crew concerning the film "Thesis," so much so that you can practically see the all caps and quotation marks whenever anyone mentions the phrase on the behind the scenes featurette. I think this statement even appears on the cover for the DVD edition. The question I have to ask after hearing this declaration is "Why?" Most American thrillers, at least in recent years, are dreadfully boring pieces of chaff churned out with cookie cutter precision. Usually, the characters in an "American thriller" rarely achieve any sort of depth, the filmmakers rely so heavily on special effects and violence as to reduce the plot to mere banality, and the starched, formulaic nature of the film guarantees you can recite the dialogue before the characters do. I suspect the director of "Thesis" probably referred to older American thrillers from the middle part of the twentieth century instead of the pap released over the last couple of decades. Whatever the case, I saw little resemblence to American thrillers as I watched "Thesis." I do think the film favorably compares to one of Dario Argento's giallo films rather than anything released on this side of the pond. And that, my friends, is ultimately a good thing.
"Thesis" tells the story of Spanish film student Angela Marquez (Ana Torrent) and her ghastly experiences as she prepares to work on her thesis at university. A closet voyeur fascinated with violence, Marquez hungers to do her thesis on the elusive film genre known as snuff. Snuff, of course, is the filming of real murder for entertainment value, and we all know such things do not exist in any marketable sense of the word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stuck In My Mind Feb. 20 2004
Format:DVD
The fact that the snuff film industry actually exists is scary enough. This film is a chilling look at peoples obsession with money and violence. I won't go into the plot, but I will say that all fans of psycological thrillers, mysteries and horror should check this one out. The acting was appropriate, and it was very well directed by Amenebar (who went on to direct the US hit "The Others"). This one will stick with you long after the credits have passed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A competent thriller from Spain Aug. 31 2003
By gac1003
Format:DVD
Angela's thesis is on the subject of violence in the media, and in order to aid in her research, she asks her professor to get a movie from the Univerisity's film library. She also asks Chema, one of her classmates, to help as everyone knows he has a large collection of violent films.
The nest day, Angela finds her professor dead in a viewing room at the University, steals the tape he was viewing and takes it to Chema. They soon discover a snuff film - a filming of an acutal murder in one take. And, Chema recognizes the girl as a young student who disappeared two years ago. Together, they set out to discover who made the film. But Angela soon discovers that Chema is not exactly who he says. Can she trust him? And just what role does the university have with this video?
A very competent thriller from Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar. The script has enough twists to keep you guessing as to who is on Angela's side and who is telling the truth. Plus, with some excellent filming, you can feel Angela's anxiety as she watches the film for the first time, with the picture contrast turned to black, only hearing the sounds.
The picture quality of this DVD is a bit grainy, but the sound quality is very good. There are some nice extras, too.
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Thesis is a cinematic journey into the darkness of our own personality where we should be questioning why we want to see violence. The film student Ángela Márquez (Ana Torrent) is establishing her own thesis with the same notion, and she is on a quest for some very violent films for her thesis. She asks her professor, who is supervising her project, if he could help her find some very violent films. She is also asking for help from a fellow film student at her university who is known to have a large collection of violent and brutal films. Her professor finds what she is looking for, but dies from--what it looks like to be--a heart attack from unusual circumstances. Ángela finds the tape that her professor was watching when he suffered from the heart attack, but she cannot bear to watch it, she only listens to the agonizing screams of someone who is being tortured and then murdered. The story is highly suspenseful and keeps the audience on alert from the beginning to the end. In addition, Thesis is a smart, macabre, and distressing cinematic experience that provides an opportunity to contemplate over why violence has an attraction value to the audience.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Disgusting and Reprehensible Film
We should all be sad as humans that this type of movie gets made, that people praise the brutality of the images they see, and that so many people take pleasure in seeing death and... Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by "aztextbooks"
5.0 out of 5 stars My name is Angela, I'm going to die.
Thesis is one of the fastest and most thrilling movies that I've seen in years!
Angela is writing her Thesis on audivisual violence. Read more
Published on March 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A real taste for death
The thing that's interesting is the word thesis. It can also mean a theme. Well, Alejandro Amenabar's theme and Angela's thesis are one and the same, examining people's morbidity... Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2002 by Daniel J. Hamlow
3.0 out of 5 stars poor quality dvd and some flaws in film
The picture quality seemed to be a little substandard on my DVD of Thesis, or possibly this is a faithful translation of the original material. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by simon gurney
4.0 out of 5 stars Excelente pelicula, mala presentación
La pelicula esta de más comentarla, es excelente por donde se la vea, basta decir que es dirigida por Amenabar; pero, y aqui comienzan lo peros, la presentacion deja mucho... Read more
Published on July 16 2002 by Juan Ponce
3.0 out of 5 stars First Half Strong, Second Half Unravels
You can tell this is Alejandro Amenábar's first film. The first half of it contains all the superb bravura filmmaking he would bring to fulfillment in his "The Others" and... Read more
Published on July 12 2002 by carol irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Una de las mejores , si no la mejor pelicula que he visto en Español! De comienzo a final te mantiene en suspenso! Los actores eran excelentes! Read more
Published on July 8 2002 by "tekun_uman"
4.0 out of 5 stars subtitle warning
This movie is good but I just want to warn people that the subtitles are not digital or optional, rather part of the movie image. Read more
Published on June 1 2002 by JC
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