Buenos Aires, 1977 (Cronica de una fuga)
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The true story of four men who narrowly escaped death at the hands of Argentina's military death squads during the 1970s is brought to the screen in this thriller. In 1977, Claudio Tamburrini (Rodrigo de la Serna) was a goalie for a minor-league football team when he was abducted by members of the Argentine military police and taken to an unofficial detention center on the false suspicion that he was a terrorist. Over 30,000 people lost their lives at the hands of Argentinean authorities under the military junta that ruled the country between 1976 and 1983, and as he was tortured by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a small relief to discover that Chronicle of an Escape is relatively restrained in its depiction of torture. Despite its restraint, the movie is deeply unsettling."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A tense and mammothly upsetting dramatization of Tamburrini's memoir; ... gets everything that can pound in your body pounding."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Feels more like an exploitation B movie for those who get off on rough prison wardens and mistreated, hapless victims."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Plays like a feature-length version of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video, except the film's zealous foregrounding of polyester, facial hair, and wallpaper is not meant to be funny."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"This film is both a warning about abuse of government power and a reassurance that justice will sometimes triumph."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The repetitive scenes of abuse lose their power too soon, and even the climactic flight stalls in first gear before it's barely begun."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Chronicle of an Escape pretty much lives up to its title and little else."
‑ Kevin Courrier, Boxoffice Magazine
"Caetano ha hecho un film de suspenso, no una denuncia política, que funciona muy bien sobre todo en sus minutos finales."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The film is taut and ruthlessly constructed, with odd flashes of humor and a white-knuckle pace."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Chronicle might be utterly uncompromising in its "you are there" visceral style-or just unresourceful. I tend toward the latter reading."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"If you need to break out of captivity, clearly running naked is the way to go."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
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