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Cronicas (2004)

Crónicas (original title)
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A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."

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Sebastián Cordero
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Leguizamo ... Manolo Bonilla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damián Alcázar ... Vinicio Cepeda
Peki Andino Peki Andino ... Sargento Saltos (as Peky Andino)
Amira Bustamante Amira Bustamante ... Señorita Autógrafo
Carlos Cedeño Carlos Cedeño ... Hombre Enfurecido 2
Andrés Crespo Andrés Crespo ... Preso Medio Gramo
Elena Del Rocío Murillo Elena Del Rocío Murillo ... Partera
Susana Díaz Nieto Susana Díaz Nieto ... Secretaria Sociedad Biblica
Jaime Estrada Jaime Estrada ... Señor Limpieza
Washington Garzón Washington Garzón ... Joseph Juan
Ricardo Paul Gonzalez Ricardo Paul Gonzalez ... Policía Mina
Patricia Higuera Patricia Higuera ... Reportera
Hugo Idrovo Hugo Idrovo ... Lic. Orestes Zambrano
Víctor Feratio Jiménez Víctor Feratio Jiménez ... Roger
Adrián Layana Adrián Layana ... Joven Violento
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Storyline

When the star of a sensationalistic Miami news show travels to the Ecuadorian coastal village of Babahoyo to cover the story of a serial killer who hunts children, his personal ambition gets out of hand, and his pursuit of a moment of glory carries tragic consequences. Written by Juan Tovar & Mandy Goldberg

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Inspired by a true story See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, a scene of sexuality, and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Mexico | Ecuador

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cronicas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Ríos, Ecuador See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,263, 10 July 2005

Gross USA:

$300,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$783,778
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Ecuador for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 77th Academy Awards in 2005. See more »

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CAMPOS VERDES (GREENFIELDS
Written by Richard Dehr, Terry Gilkynson and Frank Miller
Spanish version by Efrén Avilés Pino
Performed by Jinsop
Courtesy of Sayce
License of EMI Blackwood, Sayce and Coprodisa
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The Drive for Media Infamy
11 November 2005 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Crónicas is a terse, highly atmospheric movie that begins with a terrific idea but then doesn't seem to now where to go with it. The director Sebastián Cordero himself admits that the ending was nebulous until one of the actors (Leonor Watling) suggested a way to make the film work. The notes for the alternative ending demonstrate how flimsy this screenplay was, even into the final edit. So it is a film that begins well then loses its way in the mud of Ecuador.

Manolo Bonilla (John Leguizamo), a upwardly mobile TV journalist seeking stardom, has traveled to Ecuador with his assistant Marisa Iturralde (Leonor Watling) and cameraman Ivan Suarez (José María Yazpik) to cover the story of the 'Monster of Babahoyo', a serial rapist and murderer of small children. As they are filming a strange man Vinicio Cepeda (Damián Alcázar) has wandered into town and during the paparazzi effect of Bonilla's crew filming the mass funeral of the latest victims of the 'Monster'. Vinicio inadvertently runs over the twin of one of the victims resulting in an outrage by the father of the twins and a beating of Vinicio. Both are jailed and Manolo learns from the incarcerated Vinicio that he has secrets about the Monster. Seeing the chance for a 'Big Story' that will assure his stardom Manolo pursues the fragments of evidence about the Monster until little by little he 'uncovers' the truth. And the truth is terrifying.

Along the bumpy script road there is a love affair between Marisa (Ivan's girl!) and Manolo, communications with the Miami TV show Victor Hugo Puente (Albert Molina, whom we only see on a TV screen), and distractions from the townspeople and police. At times the storyline feels so jumbled that it is difficult to keep characters and motivations straight. But in the end this is a rather powerful indictment about the TV/media aggressive insertion into global reporting and the questionable ethics involved. The cast is strong, making the best of a mediocre script. The camera work seems to enjoy the endless preoccupation with poverty and inclement weather and the bleak atmosphere becomes wearing. This is a film with a good idea that just becomes a bit crippled in production. Grady Harp


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