Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Americano (2019) Dances With Films 2019

AMERICANO is damn to close to being a great film. The film, an exploration of immigration and far right politics is a crowd-pleaser that is certain to get cheers when it plays at Dances With Films and other festivals.

The film is about Isaac, a computer expert/hacker who has come to America to have a better life. When an encounter with a protester leaves him with an order to be deported he turns for help to a powerful demagogue of a politician who is running on a promise to close Pennsylvania’s borders to anyone not from “here”. A deal is struck where by Isaac will hack a certain aide, however its deal with the devil and the Senator is planning on arresting Isaac and his wife as threats. With no other choice Isaac takes a stand.

Damn near perfect short thriller is one that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. A stunner that would make a great feature, it is close to being as good a short as you’ll see all year. Everything about it is spot on. Watching it I was making a list in my head of who I wanted to tell about the film so it would get coverage.

While I am still high on the film, and I have told some friends about the film, my absolute love of the film was tempered by the film not quite sticking the ending. While the ending is more or less what I expected, the how it got there was a little odd with the writer director swinging things so that everyone lines up against the bad guys in the café that bears the film’s title. While it makes for a supreme feel good moment, it doesn’t quite ring true since it crosses a little too much into the realm of fantasy (Minuteman, really?).

Cute ending or no AMERICANO still rocks. It’s a really good thriller that you should put on your Dances with Films dance card.

AMERICANO plays June 16th at Dances with FIlms. For more information and tickets go here.

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