It is available on Amazon Prime, and possible on iTunes. The brothers drifted apart after the tragic auto accident that claimed their parents years earlier. Advertisement No one uses self-satire this time. Compton Garret Dillahunt is left to protect the town from the rebels. Chase essentially seems absent most of the time. That he does, and more power to him. What I could not find was a home video release.
Sayles who also wrote the script presents a rich tapestry where cultural norms collide as often as language barriers do. Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country. The primary fault with Amigo — aside from an occasionally tiresome pace that almost mimics what life must have been like in the little village, moving slowly in wet, occasionally hot weather — is the third act, where Sayles ratchets up the tension and finally pushes the various personalities to make decisions that will permanently effect both soldiers and residents under their command. They realize that in the next match, they are scheduled to fight each other, which causes internal conflict for the characters. Rafael Dacanay Joel Torre is the head of the town of San Isidro. In the meantime though, we are allowed to survey the village and meet its residents, people drawn together by their culture and a farming life that is interrupted by the American arrival. Compton Garret Dillahunt , who fancies himself a worldly man and attempts to find common language with Rafael Filipino superstar Joel Torre , the cabeza of the village, its primary governing force.
One day, a family friend's son named Caíto moves south and settles in at Lorenzo's home. Jovan receives significant damage over the course of the film, and make-up effects are capably handled and never seem excessive. Compton's orders, fields that belonged to Padre Hidalgo before Rafael arrived. That affects the structure as well, but there is just a structure of events. Last accessed: March 26, 2014.
The telegram is so badly interpreted that the Amigos think they're being offered a fortune for a personal appearance, and so they respond instantly. But when the American troops arrive and take over the town, everyone imprisoned is freed and a garrison under the command of Lt. He has allowed his agenda to overtake his normally astute sense of storytelling. At the order of Col. He tells him the true reason why he was forced to leave his house. Facing Filipino resistance after the latter had cast off the Spanish yoke, Americans dug in and fought hard in a foreign climate against an invader who utilized guerilla tactics.
As predicted, Jovan does return as a zombie-like demon. Sayles splits time between Rafael, who understands his brother's stance but feels he must play along with the Americans for the safety of the villagers who see him as their advisor, and Rafael's son, who rejected his father's pacifist stance, running off to fight alongside his uncle. He also hopes to reacquaint with his brother, an idea that Kevin is not overly keen on. Some are shocked by the eventual mistreatment of the villagers they have grown accustomed to during their occupation, and one of them has an awkwardly goofy flirtation with a local girl that I first thought was just plain dopey, but to which I eventually softened. Great moments are offset by heavy-handed ones. So she sends them a telegram, begging them to protect her village against the local desperadoes.
The rebels has forced the surrender of the Spanish outpost and charged Rafael with imprisoning the Spanish friar, Padre Hidalgo Yul Vazquez. By the time we arrive in Mexico, however, the movie is already lost because it hasn't spent the time to make the Amigos into interesting characters. But then, Caíto makes a big confession to Lorenzo. Sayles cross-cuts this with a similar military letter, this one read by Lt. The film ends on a positive note at the beginning of the fight between the two friends.
Compton's reaction leans toward the interpretation I believe. The stars are , and. Their last few pictures have been bombs, and after they're fired by the studio head, all of their perks disappear overnight. In English and Tagalog with subtitles. Sayles keeps the answer ambiguous, but Lt.
Exploring a plethora of themes of Shakespearean proportions ranging from loyalty and betrayal, to power and greed, to love and passion, Amigo employs an intimate approach to deliver a thought-provoking message about U. It is one of only a small handful of films directed by an American to address the war. Norm conveys the news like a death sentence. The movie isn't overly violent or gory, but there's plenty of war violence, and many of the characters' lives are altered because of the war. This will be mentioned often.
The film was released in North America on August 19, 2011 by. Amigo had its New York premiere at the 2011 Asian American International Film Festival on August 10. Despite some discussion contrary, Kevin convinces the other men that they should take the body to a hospital and call off the weekend. Children are involved in shootings. The Filipino hero -- who is already a thoughtful, forgiving man -- shows some kindness in return. His family is going through difficult times and can't give much care to him. Gorehounds will probably be disappointed by this, but as I said earlier, this is primarily a comedy.
All 17 titles average out to just under 3 words per movie moniker actually, 2. Jovan leads the group a short distance into the desert to a small frontier town that he has built out of scrap pieces of wood. Martin seems to condescend to his character, which is a mistake because, if the character is not allowed to have dignity, there is nothing to play against. Amigo has been made with great care and sympathy, but it's a bit difficult to get enthusiastic over it, especially given the movie's downbeat tone and the difficult lessons it imparts. A cinematic history lesson connecting the dots between Manifest Destiny and The Bush Doctrine. In midst of all this is Rafael, an agreeable, intelligent man with a loving wife and a son who strives to be more like his uncle.