Review Date: December 02, 2002
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Writer: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Andrés M. Koppel
Producers: Sebastián Álvarez
Leonardo Sbaraglia as Tomás
Eusebio Poncela as Federico
Max von Sydow as Samuel
Having said that, I was actually hoping for more games (the film only featured a handful). My favorite was the one in which every contestant was blindfolded, hands tied behind their backs and sent running through a forest full of huge trees at top speed: with the last man standing being declared the winner (i.e. the luckiest of them all). I also liked how they concluded the film with everything coming together for the ultimate game of risk, although I'm still not sure how I feel about the whole "cop" subplot. To a certain extent, I can see why a detective might've been necessary to the story at hand, but on the other hand, I'm not sure why she also had to be one of the "lucky" ones. Another central plot point that I wasn't entirely clear about, or sure that I fully appreciated, was the idea of these lucky folks trading "pictures" of others as part of their destiny games. I don't think the idea behind the photo trading was developed enough for my liking (why couldn't they just trade any pictures of any person-how would anyone know the difference?), but this might just be a concept in the film that I simply did not grasp the first time around. The film also moves much slower than you would think, with more than a few rounds in the car, with the two leads moving from one destination to another. I think some of that stuff could have been cut down, with other stuff requiring a little more development. But on the whole, the film worked and it had a lot to do with the subject matter at hand, which has always been a fascination of mine: fate. Luck is handled much like a commodity in this film, and with the solid acting, the high style and all of the explanations and examples given within, it's easy to buy into the whole game and roll your dice along with the rest of the players.