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Review of “Ladrón que roba a ladrón” (2007) PG-13 1h 40min

March 11th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 12,707 Views

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Yet another heist movie, this time – a Latino Hollywood flick.

The plot: two former thieves, a Colombian Emilio () and Alejandro, who sells pirated DVDs on the street, reunite in Los Angeles to rob the biggest and worst thief they know – also former thief, Claudio Silvestrini, who made millions with TV infomercials as Moctesuma Valdes, selling “snake oil” products to poor naive immigrants. For this big job they will need a crew. Their usual crew is not available, and they decide to use outsiders – emigrants – because they would be able to get to secure areas unnoticed.

The good: the comedy in based on the idea of how people would react when unnoticed and ignored people outshine the smartest of the regular, self-important people. This movie is making a point that 44 million Latinos are mostly invisible, they are necessary and needed, and they are invisible. Nice actors. Cool musical score and camera work, with the feel of Guy Ritchie movies. It’s a genre movie, but with it’s own flavor. The beginning was promising.

The bad: inconsistent in many ways: goes from cool music and no music at all, rhythm and speed of the movie changes all the time. Sometimes it feels like actors are drugging their feet through the script. Often goes overboard: there’s a pretty boy, pretty girl, a strong guy, the brains, the driver, the fat security guys, even a silly guy named Primitivo. The actor doing his “calming down” routine was completely out of character, if not moronic. If they cut the actor guy entirely out of the movie it would only benefit the story. Raised expectations in the beginning, but slowed, and the ending was predictable.

The summary: not a strong movie in any sense. The comedy aspect is attractive, but mostly this is an attempt to emulate either Ocean’s 11-13, The Sting Guy Ritchie movies.

Memorable quote:

- Mocte: Fire them all
- We can’t do that. They have a right to strike.
- Mocte: What rights? What rights are you talking about? They are not Americans, they are immigrants! No tiene derechos!

DVD special features:

  • Audio commentary with Director Joe Menendez and writer/actor JoJo Henrickson
  • Making of Ladron Que Roba a Ladron
  • Making of the score with composer Andres Levin
  • Deleted scenes with optional filmmaker commentary
  • other Lionsgate trailers

Credits: Director – Joe Menendez (written, directed and produced quite a few TV series) | Writer – JoJo Henrickson | Produced by: Roni Eguia Menendez, James M. McNamara (also played Father O’Malley in the movie), Ben Odell, Meta Valentic | Musical score – Andrés Levin | Cinematography – Adam Silver | Alejandro Toledo – Fernando Colunga, Emilio Lopez – Miguel Varoni, Moctesuma ‘Mocte’ Valdez – Saúl Lisazo, Rafaela – Ivonne Montero (she was in a bunch of TV series), Rafa – Ruben Garfias, Anival Cano – Gabriel Soto (he’d done a bunch of TV series), Gloria – Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars, Cindirela Story, Dodgeball, Freaky Friday, I’m With Lucy), Julio Miranda – JoJo Henrickson, Primitivo – Richard Azurdia

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Comedy · Crime/Gangster · DVD · Movies · USA

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