Coming more than a decade later “La Soga,” a prominent 2010 violent thriller about a hit man, Luisito (codename: La Soga), which is a rarity – a Dominican Republic film has been distributed in the United States – “La Soga Salvation” is the quintessential – no one – requested sequel. It’s a significant downgrade from the cliché but highly visual first, which transports Luisito from the streets of his hometown (much of the first film was shot in slums and neighborhoods). working-class population in and around Santiago and Baitoa) into a sterile New England Town drama. The sequel ditches the original film’s poignant commentary on crime and corruption in the Dominican Republic, opting for a more generic revenge film approach.
“Salvation” was perhaps a passionate project for Manny Perez, the writer and star of the original film: for the sequel, Perez also took on the role of director, making this the first film. his hand. The story begins many years after the events of the first film. Luisito and his girlfriend, Lá (Sarah Jorge León), live a happy family life, hiding from the big bad guys of the Dominican underworld – until, naturally, they are found.
Jimmy (Chris McGarry), a sinister cartoonish white guy, shows up at the couple’s church asking for Luisito’s services to take down a gang leader. Our hero refuses, causing mayhem: Lia is kidnapped, and Luisito is forced to return to the gun road. Back at work, he faces miscellaneous crooks including Dani (Hada Vanessa), a holstered dame armed with a sniper rifle with a score to deal with.
But Perez is a slim lead, and the film around him — a modest production that doesn’t exactly hide its budget shortcomings — is at best a B-movie on the border with stellar productions. bloody action. At worst, it’s a completely self-serious tagline.
La Soga: Salvation
Not rated. In Spanish and English, with subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 32 minutes. In cinemas and available to rent or buy on Google Play, Vudu and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.
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