Director: Florian Gallenberger (2016)
This handsome historical prison drama is shackled by weak dialogue, a pedestrian pace and an unconvincing central relationship.
Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl play Lena and Daniel, a fictional couple caught up in General Pinochet’s military coup of Chile in 1973.
The force of history rests heavy on Watson’s slender shoulders, weighing down a performance which is far from her strongest.
When political activist Daniel is arrested and sent to a remote charitable mission ran by a cult, flight attendant Lena infiltrates the camp ‘Colonia Dignidad’ to rescue him.
It’s the personal fiefdom of a messianic and abusive leader who uses physical and psychological torture to keep his followers in line.
Although staged on an impressive scale it, the finale descends into silliness as door slamming trolly dollies defy the mass ranks of the Chilean army.