The Squad (El paramo) (2011) Trailer
In the foggy mountains of Colombia, nine soldiers trudge through muddy terrain in search of an outpost that they believe has been invaded by guerrillas. As they approach their target, one of them is brutally injured, forcing them to prematurely enter the base instead of waiting for backup. Once inside, they’re greeted a pile of dead bodies and a series of ritualistic markings meant to ward off the devil. After discovering a lone, traumatized survivor and a cryptic event log, the men wait, sifting through their own differences with each other. Trapped, confused and cut off from the outside world, they begin to feel the strain of isolation closing in around them. They’ll grasp at anything to resolve what happened there…and what is going to happen to them.
First time director Jaime Osorio Marquez is already a master of storytelling. From the first frames of the film, the characters are in turmoil, engaging in terse, heated snippets of interaction that allow the exposition of their emotional baggage to come out in slow enough drips to keep the audience guessing. Utilizing carefully chosen, confining medium shots, Marquez and his cinematographer Alejandro Moreno build the most suffocating atmosphere since DAS BOOT, one where even the vastest openings are filled with the thick fog of the cloud cover. For most of the movie, neither the characters nor the viewer can see more than a yard in front of their faces, reinforcing the sense of impending doom and keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Featuring a stellar ensemble cast and a searing, pervasive score that builds uneasiness in the pit of your stomach from the first note, The Squad reminds us that, under the right circumstances, the most real of demons are on the inside.
- Posted: September 01, 2011
- Director: Jaime Osorio Marquez
- Writer: Diego Vivanco
- Studio: Independent
- Release: September 22, 2011
- Cast: Juan David Restrepo, Mateo Stevel, Andrés Castañeda
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