Film Reviews 2013

'Everybody Has A Plan' Offers A Fresh Take On An Old Genre

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Usually when an actor stars in a movie that features him or her in dual roles as twins, one gets the feeling that one is watching a performance showpiece rather than a story. We comment on how incredible it was watching this one actor create two consistently different characters in one performance. In his new Argentinean release Viggo Mortensen does this, while also putting the focus on the development of only one of his two characters. While he does a good job of making both characters believable, I liked that the story is really about the arch of only one of the two.

Mortensen plays estranged brothers Agustin and Pedro. Pedro is a beekeeper who lives near a river. He makes ends meet by selling honey and participating in petty crimes with an older outlaw named Adrian. Agustin is a doctor working at a clinic in a nearby big city. The two men haven't seen much of each other in the last few years, and there seems to be some tension existing between them. In fact, we come to learn that Adrian is a main source of tension between them. As children growing up in the hills [sic], Adrian took the boys under his wing, but seemed to favour the more rugged Pedro over the more sensitive Agustin. As the story begins we learn that Pedro is dealing with a serious health issue and Agustin is feeling some unwanted pressure coming from the fact that his wife wants to start a family. One impulsive moment from Agustin puts the story in motion, and Mortensen then reveals Agustin as a coward whose desperate act to get free from one situation sinks him into an even more perilous one.

Once the scheme by Agustin is set in motion it's not hard to see that he intends to start a new and seemingly less pressured life assuming the identity of his reclusive twin. After he relocates he finds that his brother has been involved in a feud along with Adrian and another river family. He also gets involved with a very young girl that his brother had taken under his wing by the name of Rosa, and she is played by the very impressive Sofia Gala. Veteran actor Daniel Fanego plays Adrian, and he is a formidable villain. He's both frightening and charismatic as the boys' twisted father figure. Soledad Villamil is also very good as Agustin's jilted wife.

I knew going into this that I would see Mortensen deliver the goods in a tricky and compelling performance. I didn't realize however that he and director Ana Piterbarg would also deliver a fresh take on a film noir style character study. In the end we come to see Agustin as a man hoping to find redemption in a single moment of bravery. I was surprised by how much I liked this one.
Last edited: 16 June 2013 20:23:36