- X 2019
Niko Viyano Galvagno, Nicanor Loreti, Hernán Findling (executive) for Boikot Films, Peliculas V, Findling Films
directed by Nicanor Loreti
starring Juan Palomino, Sergio Boris, Luis Aranosky, Luis Ziembrowski, Hugo Quiril, Vic Cicuta, Leandro De la Torre, Nicolás Galvagno, Valentín Javier Diment, Sebastián Mogordoy, Alex Schmidt, Germán Magarinos, Pedro Damiano Yepes Sendra, Germán Val
written by Nicolás Galvagno, Nicanor Loreti, additional material by Martín Blousson, Valentín Javier Diment, special effects by Franco Burattini
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Back in the days, Marcos (Juan Palomino) was a big boxer, dubbed the Inca
from Sinai because of his Jewish roots - but then he killed his
opponent in the arena during a fight - which caused him to immediately
withdraw, and nowadays he's just a washed-up ex-celebrity. Then though his
ex girlfriend calls and she wants to meet that night and maybe get back
together with him (she has left him shortly after the incident by the
way). Things just couldn't be better ... until Marcos' chaotic cousin Hugo
(Sergio Boris) shows up on his doorstep, bloody and drunk, and even though
Marcos knows better he lets him in. While Hugo goes out to fetch some beer
though, two thugs show up at Marcos' place, and for some reason they
torture him ... until he loses his patience, is overcome by anger, and
kills them both, using every trick he has learned in his boxing days.
people show up, a like two fake policemen, a real policeman (Luis
Ziembrowski), Hugo's best friend Cafe (Luis Aranosky), and they all seem
to be looking for something - and Marcos hasn't got the first clue what -
so after a while he resorts to torturing the truth out of his visitors:
Hugo's criminal boss needed a liver to survive, Hugo saw a business
opportunity and got hold of the liver then charged the boss (or rather his
daughter) half a million for it. Then he hid the liver in Marcos' fridge -
and there's the problem, while everyone wants to get his hands on the
priceless liver, Marcos ate it, having mistaken it for an animal liver.
The boss's daughter is a reasonable woman though, offering to forget the
affair if she's returned the money - but Hugo, a socialist revolutionary
at heart, has given it away, to nobody in particular just to passers-by
while wearing a devil's mask (hence the title Diablo). But since
the boss has a well-armed gang of henchmen at his disposal, this leads to
an explosive finale ...
Diablo might have been made on a
low budget and in a very limited number of locations (basically Marcos'
apartment), but it's high on over-the-top ideas that even do make sense in
the film's narrative context. Add to this some well-choreographed budget
conscious action sequences, likeable antihero characters and of course
expert pacing, and you've got yourself an extremely entertaining action
comedy that's on one hand far from moronic, and on the other still
immensely enjoyable as a party movie.