We are continuing with rare and overlooked movies, and after Retroactive it’s time for Celda 211, one of the most intense movies that I have seen in a past few years. It literally blew me away with its story, characters and almost everything else. I know that there’s something they did wrong, but gosh darn it I just can’t find it. This is one of those movies that although they look like something that only guys will like, also goes well with the girls. And the action is non-stop, after the first gut punch, Malamadre just keeps swinging like crazy. The atmosphere is so intense and unnerving that you will be literally at the edge of your seat or crunched at your bed. The characters are carefully drawn, and they are so realistic that sometimes you just forget that this is a movie. There are no pretty or handsome people here, just the scum of the earth angling for a way out. It’s funny that I first saw Luis Tosar in Mientras duermes and then here, certain that he won’t disappoint me, and he didn’t.
Juan Oliver is a young guy eager to start his new job as a prison officer, so he comes to his new job a day early, to get acquainted with everyone and get the feel of the place. And he will get the feel of the place all right. And I just deleted next few sentences, because I want you to feel that same vibe as I did the first time I watched Celda 211, so I am asking you to trust me on this one. If you can avoid watching the trailer or the imdb page, it will give away details that are just so much heavier when seen without warning…
Director: Daniel Monzón
Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Daniel Monzón, Francisco Pérez Gandul
Cast: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Carlos Bardem, Marta Etura, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón
Fun Facts: The movie is dedicated to ‘Luis Ángel Puente’, a fireman of the city of Zamora (Spain) where the film is located. He participated in the film and died rescuing two boys in the Duero river shortly after.