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Saturday, June 26, 2010

[8.00/10] Tesis (1996)

Tesis (1996)

Spanish thrillers are rather rare but this one might be special as it's one of the first movies made by Alejandro Amenabar, the man who would surprise the world with "The Others" starring Nicole Kidman. The thriller genre is a difficult genre. And being a pure genre film, like this one is. It's very rare that you see a thriller that works as well as "Tesis" does. The story is about Angela, a young woman who is writing a thesis on violence in the media, in order to get her degree in communication science. Doing research, she gets to know Chema, a fellow student who is obsessed with violent movies. Angela finds a snuff video of a girl tortured to death, Chema recognizes the girl as a former student from their school, who disappeared several years ago. Angela and Chema get themselves into great danger, trying to find out who killed the girl. The direction is exceptional in this movie. The construction and the interesting visual nature of the filming is truly wonderful. The actors are all adept at adding nuance to their performances. Angela is the only person you actually can trust in the film. You never find out anything before she does. Ana Torrent works fine portraying her. Thrilling from the first to the last minute, and sometimes quite shocking and disturbing, "Tesis" is a movie that will definitely not disappoint you if you're looking for suspense. But not only is the movie tense, thrilling and hugely entertaining it also makes some very interesting points in the questions why people are fascinated with death and violence.

  • My Rating: 8.00/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 71% (6.8/10)
  • IMDb: 7.6/10

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