Spanish Film Festival – The Realm
Political drama with intensity and bravado are my first thoughts on Director Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s The Realm. With twist and turns that have you glued to the screen its almost like a Spanish James Bond thriller. It helps that lead actor Antonio de la Torre looks a little like Daniel Craig and the action scenes will have you in suspense.
De la Torre plays politician Manuel Lopez-Vidal where one day is he revered as a potential leader to next day being the scapegoat of the political scandal to rock his party. This scandal opens up the themes of power, corruption, loyalty and moral judgements.
The film is fast paced with a storyline that keeps you intrigued with no time to be bored. It highlights the corrupt officials who line their pockets with no regard for the constituents they represent through money laundering, land re-zoning and general bribery to name a few injustices.
It’s a double edge sword as you want to root for the Lopez-Vidal but it’s not so black and white when you know the hero is also a villain. While this wild ride is exciting and thrilling the movie does make you question who’s side you’re on and does make for must see viewing.