- Actors: John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina, Leonor Watling, Damián Alcázar, Peki Andino
- Directors: Sebastián Cordero
- Writers: Sebastián Cordero
- Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, Bertha Navarro, Carolina Fox, Frida Torresblanco, Guillermo del Toro
- Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English, Spanish
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
- Release Date: March 7 2006
- Run Time: 108 minutes
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B000AYYVII
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,055 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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In twisty thriller Crónicas, John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge) finally lands a lead role worthy of his talent. The Columbian-born actor is Manolo Bonilla, an ambitious Miami-based reporter for a Spanish-language news outlet. When a serial killer devastates a small town in Ecuador, he and his crew, Marisa (Leonor Watling, Talk to Her) and Iván (José María Yazpik, Innocent Voices), fly down to cover the story. Shortly after their arrival, Bonilla saves the life of shifty-looking salesman Vinicio Cepeda (Damián Alcázar). His intentions aren't as honorable as they seem. Cepeda claims to have information regarding the "Monster of Babahoyo" and Bonilla will do anything to keep him talking. Soon his star begins to rise as Cepeda provides him with more and more ratings-grabbing details. Then Bonilla discovers something even the authorities don't know about--another body. His decision to follow the lead on his own could make his career...or completely destroy it. Worse yet, another child may lose his life if Bonilla fails. Featuring Alfred Molina (Frida) as Marisa's TV host husband (seen only via monitor). Written and directed by Sebastián Cordero and produced by Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, Crónicas was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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I initially was debating on whether to give the movie 3 or 4 stars because the film itself was a little disjointed and didn't have a lot of action as a lot of the film involved Bonilla questioning/interviewing Cepeda for a potential news story. In fact the main scene of action and violence was not of a serial killing but involved a car accident and a lynch mob. However after watching the film it continued to stick in my head as it did have an underlying sense of dread and posed some interesting questions about consequences and responsibilities of peoples (in this case the journalists) choices and actions. Therefore I went with a 4 star rating.
The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. John Leguizamo does speak some lines in English but the majority of his dialogue is in Spanish. Also the DVD has an alternate ending which is worth viewing as it provides a completely different perspective to the film.
The film tells a story of a reporter from Miami who works for a private news station known for its program called "An Hour with the Truth" which is broadcasted in Spanish speaking countries. The main hero Manolo (John Leguizamo) is an aspiring news reporter seeking sensational stories together with his production crew composed of: a female producer who he has an affair with and a constantly pot-smoking camera-man. The trio travels to Ecuador, where a notorious child serial killer only known as "The Monster of Babahoyo" is terrorizing the country side. What they don't realize is that the news-story they are investigating and its conclusion will leave them questioning their work and life ethics.
Good scenery, excellent for the foreign language factor, there are subtitles, so anyone speaking English can understand it.
The story is believeable.
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