Saturday, March 26, 2011

Carlos (2010)

Director: Olivier Assayas. Cast: Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Scheer, Alejandro Arroyo. 330 min. France/Germany. Biography/Crime/Drama.

Incredibly engaging three-episode miniseries on the life of notorious Venezuelia-born international terrorist Ilich Ramirez, a.k.a. Carlos. The second episode is the story's most captivating portion, pertaining to the 1975 OPEC conference hostage crisis which made Carlos a household name. But the entire cinematic work, boasting a menacing performance by Ramirez, narrating the rise of a violence-promoting activist and fall of a mercenary who drowns in his own filth, is what makes this comparable to a Middle East Scarface. Definitely worth the 5 1/2 hour time.

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