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Eye for an Eye (2019)

Quien a hierro mata (original title)
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A drug dealer looking for rest. A nurse looking for revenge. A crossroads where no one is safe.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... Mario
Xan Cejudo Xan Cejudo ... Antonio Padín
Ismael Martínez Ismael Martínez ... Toño
Enric Auquer Enric Auquer ... Kike
María Vázquez ... Julia
Daniel Currás Daniel Currás ... Xepas
Rebeca Montero Rebeca Montero ... Mercedes
María Luisa Mayol María Luisa Mayol ... Ana (as Luisa Mayol)
Jessica Serna Jessica Serna ... Raquel
Tamara Canosa Tamara Canosa ... Sofía
Xosé Manuel Esperante Xosé Manuel Esperante ... Andrés
Víctor Duplá Víctor Duplá ... Alfredo
Xoel Fernández Xoel Fernández ... Santiago
César Valdés César Valdés ... Sánchez
Pepo Suevos Pepo Suevos ... Vicente


2018. Cambados, Pontevedra (Galicia; northwest to Spain). Legendary Gallician drug dealer Antonio Padín is pardoned from the jail due to humanitarian reasons, after to have a terminal disease. Aging, weak and ill, Antonio goes freely into a seniors residence instead to go his home with two sons, older and more cerebral Toño and younger and more aggressive Kiko, despising them openly in the belief that they two will ruin the family business. In the residence Antonio meets Mario, nursery chief and his personal assistant who expects his first baby with his six months pregnant wife Julia. Motivated by the revenge after Sergio, Mario's younger brother who was one of the Antonio's drug pushers and an addict who died 25 years ago by overdose, Mario cares Antonio by day, but makes him sick by night as retribution. At the same time, Toño and Kiko make a deal with a Chinese mob named Mrs. Kong in cooperation with a Colombian drug cartel, but things go wrong: Kong betrays Toño and Kiko killing ... Written by Chockys

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30 August 2019 (Spain) See more »

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A downbeat and twisted thiller about a nurse exacts a merciless vendetta with a lot of twists and turns
11 October 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Dark thriller with tension , suspense , twists and turns . The film is set in Cambados, Pontevedra (Galicia; northwest to Spain), there lives the legendary Galician drug dealer Antonio Padín (Xan Cejudo) and his delinquent sons (Ismael Martínez and Enric Auqueris) . Antonio is detained , incarcerated , but pardoned from the prison due to humanitarian reasons, after to have a terminal disease . His two sons, older and more intelligent Toño (Ismael Martinez) and younger and more violent Kiko (Enric Auquer), despising them openly in the belief that they two will ruin the family business. In the old people residence Antonio meets Mario, he is a prestigious nurse living in Cambados who expects his first baby with his six months pregnant wife Julia (Maria Valverde) ; however , Mario pretends to care Antonio worsening his health . Mario results to be a relentless avenger , he is broken by pain , rage and impotence for some deeds from his sad past and attempts to exact a revenge against the nasty peddlers . But Mario doesn't counts with Antonio's evil to pay Mario's cares. As Mario cares Antonio by day, but makes him sick by night as retribution. But he makes a difficult decision, to take justice on his own hands . Nevertheless , the merciless vendetta against drug pushers and drug sealers , leading to unexpected consequences . Then Mario begins his own investigations about the identity of three Capos of dope , father and children , and relentlessly attempts to carry out an implacable vendetta, then doing the right thing in this movie means choosing a side .

This is a thrilling and bleak Spanish film with high doses of suspense , busting police operation , chases , intrigue , plot twists , blood , and violence . Dealing with a few characters interwoven each other , such as : A drug dealer looking for rest, a nurse looking for revenge and two ominous siblings who attempt to take the control of the busines . This stirring story is filmed in slow-moving , following a similar realist and dark style to former successful films directed by Paco Plaza . While the look is suitable sinister and intriguing, the plot spreads to the surprising breaking point , including an unexpected final that turns out to be a little frustrating. Tragedies , frantic action , pursuits and turns abound as when Julia learns about Mario's new patient, causing a sudden bleeding that puts the unborn baby in risk ; at the same time, Toño and Kiko make a deal with a Chinese mob named Mrs. Kong in cooperation with a Colombian drug cartel, but things get awry . There stands out Luis Tosar giving a magnificent interpretation as a nursery chief and personal assistant , being really motivated by the vengeance . As the nurse acts as judge , jury and executioner , Charles Bronson-alike . Tosar plays splendidly the dutiful , stoic personal assstant and a man of few words, however, as the movie progresses we see layers to him, a man on the edge trying to balance . He has come face to face with violence within him spurred on by a violent act done long time ago , concerning an addict relative who died by overdose. The bond between nurse and his old patient is captured on screen, in contrast to his distant spouse who in her own way is trying to do the right thing ; despite Julia's request to Mario for leaving his revenge, he is unable to stop until see Antonio dead . The ending is a question in itself, what does vigilante justice really amount to, it is a matter of perspective is it not? . It is worth a viewing, only for the brilliant acting by Luis Tosar , it is sad to see the rest of the supporting cast could not match up to his on screen presence aside from perhaps the wife acted by Maria Valverde who did not have much dialogue either, perhaps intentional. Here the veteran Luis Tosar is well accompanied by a fine support cast , such as : Xan Cejudo as the aging, weak and ill Antonio who goes freely into a seniors residence instead to go his home with his sons . And the unsettling Ismael Martínez gives overacting as Toño who tries too free his brother from the jail , hurry up to save before being killed and aggressive Enric Auquer as Kike who goes wrong when the Colombian cartel demands him the lost money .

It packs a shading and adequate cinematography by Pablo Rosso , Paco Plaza's regular . Shot in location in Cambados, Pontevedra, and A Coruña, Galicia, Spain . Including a thrilling and screeching musical score by Maika Makovski . The motion picture was professional , though slowly paced by Paco Plazas .He is an expert on rare and terrifying atmosphere . Paco along with by Jaume Balaguero are the main Spanish filmmakers expert on terror cinema , both of whom have realized the box-office big successes as ¨Rec 1¨ and ¨Rec 2¨ , Rec Genesis among others . As he also proved to be an efficient and successful director with films as Second Name , Romasanta , OT , A Christmas Tale and Veronica .Plaza has achieved undoubted success , several awards and important reputation Rating 6.5/10 . Acceptable and passable .

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