LOVEFiLM Review: Cell 211 (2009)

A lawman must side with a gang of criminals if he’s to save his own life in this action drama from Spanish director Daniel Monzon. Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) has accepted a job as a prison guard, and the day before he begins work he leaves his pregnant wife Elena (Marta Etura) at home and goes to the penitentiary for an orientation session. During a tour of the facilities, Juan is struck on the head in a freak accident; he passes out and is carried to a nearby cell. As the jailers wait for a doctor to arrive, a riot breaks out, and Juan is left behind. When he wakes up, all is in chaos, and Malamadre (Luis Tosar) and a band of fellow inmates have taken control of the prison. Malamadre thinks Juan is another prisoner, and for the sake of his own survival he plays along, throwing in his lot with fellow rebels Tachuela (Vicente Romero) and Releches (Luis Zahera). When Malamadre learns that a handful of Basque terrorists are confined to the same prison, he sees an opportunity to use them as a bargaining chip with the government, and Juan is caught between saving his own skin and helping Malamadre make a deal that could have grave nationwide implications. – ROTTEN TOMATOES

A very solid and gripping prison film. I heard nothing but good things about Cell 211 as well so I was rather delighted that it lived up to its help. It is quite violent as well but all within the context of the story.

The acting might not have been the strongest but the characters were, who were all very intriguing that go through different arcs. I think why I liked it so much was that it reminded me of the riot episodes from HBO’s Oz. I can see why hollywood would want to remake this into an English version but do see this spanish one first off.

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