PVC-1

PVC-1

DVD - 2009 | Spanish
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"In 2000, a group of masked men invaded the home of a poor family in rural Colombia. They then attached a bomb encased in PVC-1 tubing around the mother's neck and demanded 15 million pesos. The family would be told by phone where to bring the money. If the ransom were not delivered according to exact instructions, the collar bomb would be detonated. ... writer/director Spiros Stathoulopoulos films the story of this harrowing ordeal"--Container.
Publisher: Orland Park, IL : MPI Media Group, 2009.
ISBN: 9780788611889
0788611887
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: PVC one

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jaselliott
Dec 01, 2017

An amazing nighmare.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

After a middle class home invasion fails to net them the small fortune they had been hoping for, a group of ruthless thieves fasten a remote controlled pipe bomb around the neck of the family matriarch. With only a few hours in which to gather up fifteen million pesos before the bomb explodes the woman begins a nightmarish cross-country trek, accompanied by her distraught husband and eldest daughter, to find someone in authority who can remove the device and save her life. And all the while the pipe around her neck continues to beep… Shot in real time using one continuous take writer/director Spiros Stathoulopoulos delivers one of the most devastatingly suspenseful tales I have seen in years especially considering it was based on an actual case. With nothing but natural sounds and a whirling camera he dogs his characters through forests and across rivers before planting them in the middle of an isolated village where a final deadly gambit had me biting my nails right up until the film’s last few seconds. An excellent cast keeps the action teetering on the edge of hysteria and a spare yet solid script doesn’t offer any respite despite a few flashes of mordant humour when the police “bomb squad” arrives and a crowd begins to gather. Despite one puzzling paramedic scene that came across as superfluous the rest of the film is a study in torturing your audience and making them love you for it. Bravo!

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margarita89
Jun 25, 2011

teeth-grinding tension, filmed in real time and based on actual events!

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NickCR
Mar 26, 2010

Ok - why did I give this 5 stars you may ask?

The script could have been written by a 12 year old. People say silly things, inappropriate things at the wrong time, nonsensical things, and some of the dialogue seems to be movie / melodramatic boilerplate. I don't speak Spanish, but if the subtitles are accurate then I stand by this.

The acting seems sub par in many cases - again - I don't think you need to speak Spanish to see this.

The characters are not consistent - several characters sway from being strong (emotionally and / or physically) to weak, and then strong again and then weak again.

Also - improbable or unrealistic things happen - who goes and who is left behind? The reaction of a neighbour, a Police Colonel. Even wierd random stuff like a harassing madman appearing and then being vanquished with a mere shove.

(I have written all of the above trying not to spoil anything in the film for anyone.)

Ok. So, here it is. This is based upon true events, so perhaps some of my complaints above should be nulled out if the quirks I mention were part of the real events. The mere premise of the story is in itself intriguing.

Ultimately, though the reason I gave this movie a 5 star rating is that it is a remarkable (almost unbelievable) achievement in film. The entire movie - 1 hour and 22 minutes - is shot in 1 take. No cuts. Not in one room, but over multiple sets and countryside, involving arrival of different characters and vehicles (cars, trucks, handrail carts) throughout, climbing hills, crossing rivers. It is completely mesmerizing in this respect.

Also, pay attention to the first two scenes involving vehicles. How the heck did the director / cameraman do it? He must be a small, agile person (just watch the opening vehicle ride) to stay out of the way while filming and not jostle the camera when getting on / off - and where in tarnation did he actually ride on the second vehicle?

Throughout the movie you expect to find some intrusion of the cameraman - but even running through brush he does not make a noise or bend a branch.

I only noticed 2 little flubs in the entire movie, and they were verrry small. Miniscule.

So - perhaps some of the weaknesses I note above are a result of trying to accomplish this filming feat.

The noticeable weaknesses concerning the main prop - must be forgiven for this reason. It is obvious some inconsistent events are inserted (someone going for a <personal moment> when they "have no seconds to spare") in order to accomplish prop changes.

So, I highly recommend this film just so you can witness what was achieved here. Wow. Whew!

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