Film Reviews 2013

Everybody Has A Plan Movie Review

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© 20th Century Fox/Haddock Films.
Everybody may well have a plan, but these plans are barely thought through, opportunistic schemes. A botched kidnapping and casual murder, however, is a plan - of sorts.

Viggo Mortensen plays estranged identical twins living contrasting lives. Agustín is a successful, married paediatrician living in a smart flat in the city, about to adopt a baby with his wife. Pedro still lives where the twins grew up; a small, unforgiving island community where everyone knows each other and keeps each other down.

Agustín's life has already shown itself to be a charade when his brother turns up. Pedro has cancer and wants his twin to finish him off: effectively, it's like killing himself. Agustín takes over Pedro's life, initially to retrieve a pay-off hidden by his twin, but lingers longer and becomes more involved in shady deals that get darker and shady people who notice he is behaving oddly.

Mortensen is watchable and enigmatic, and gets to play two complex characters whose motives we cannot fathom. This part of Argentina is cold, damp and oppressive. It's a dangerous game to hide in plain sight, and we always know that violence will beget violence.

Rating: ****
Last edited: 9 August 2013 15:46:13