Friday, May 21, 2021

New Order Review: A Masterfully Chaotic Descent Into Unrest

Naian González Norvind	...	Marianne Fernando Cuautle	Fernando Cuautle	...	Cristian Diego Boneta	Diego Boneta	...	Daniel Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Samantha Yazareth Anaya	Samantha Yazareth Anaya	...	Secuestrada 21 Luna Arboledas	Luna Arboledas		 Dario Yazbek Bernal	Dario Yazbek Bernal	...	Alan Patricia Bernal	Patricia Bernal	...	Pilar Ayelen Bonacina	Ayelen Bonacina	...	Secuestrada Manuel Bueno	Manuel Bueno		 Jorge Luis Chavez Caballero	Jorge Luis Chavez Caballero	...	Secuestrado Lucía Carrillo	Lucía Carrillo	...	Secuestrada Analy Castro	Analy Castro	...	Isabela Karina Chacón	Karina Chacón	...	Secuestrada

Release date: May 21, 2021
Running time: 88 minutes
Starring: Naian González Norvind, Fernando Cuautle, Diego Boneta 
Written and Directed By: Michel Franco

While protests rage in the streets, Marianne’s high society family prepares for her wedding. At first, only splatters of green paint and the appearance of Rolando, a former employee seeking emergency medical funds, intrude on the festivities.  But soon the party is unable to keep the reckoning at bay, and what follows is a swift disintegration of law and order defined first by class lines, then by disastrous government recapitulation.

Karina Chacón	...	Secuestrada Carolina Contreras	Carolina Contreras	...	Secuestrada Marielos Coronel	Marielos Coronel	...	Secuestrada Estefania Cortina	Estefania Cortina	...	Secuestrada Mónica Del Carmen	Mónica Del Carmen	...	Marta Miguel Pérez Enciso	Miguel Pérez Enciso	...	Secuestrado Manu Fajardo	Manu Fajardo	...	Secuestrado Zamira Franco	Zamira Franco	...	Mujer verde Ximena García	Ximena García	...	Blanca Marianne Garnier	Marianne Garnier	...	Secuestrada Gustavo Gonzalo	Gustavo Gonzalo	...	Secuestrado Mercedes Hernández	Mercedes Hernández	...	Josefa Alejandra Herrera	Alejandra Herrera	...	Secuestrada Claudia Lobo	Claudia Lobo	...	Tamara Meliza López	Meliza López	...	Secuestrada Roberto Medina	Roberto Medina	...	Ivan Novello Eligio Meléndez	Eligio Meléndez	...	Rolando Eli Nassau	Eli Nassau	...	Prisionero 3 Tamara Niño de Rivera	Tamara Niño de Rivera	...	Secuestrada Hussam Núñez	Hussam Núñez	...	Secuestrado
New Order (original title "Nueva Orden or Nuevo Ord3n") is a powder keg of emotion and energy that does so much right.  The film has an artsy opening that briefly introduces you to the disparities that are addressed in this world.  And the movie then does a great job of showing the bubble that Marianne's family lives in.  It is a slow build up, but the movie gradually introduces you to some of the chaos that is brewing just outside their walls.  It is masterfully done, with little hints here and there.  Nothing overt at the start but small occurrences begin to hint at what is to come.  And this allows you to see the great disparity between this family and those outside, without really requiring sharp cuts or overt statements.  I love this kind of movie making, where the audience is led to the conclusion without being force fed it.  The opening is masterfully done and really sets the stage for this whole film.  

And the film doesn't just depict this with the overall situation.  The characters themselves represent some of this conflict.  Some characters are two faced and will turn at a moments notice.  Or others are outwardly positive but then become cold or uncaring when it matters the most.  The characters and the acting in this story are top notch and it really gives a great sense of the predicament they all find themselves in.  And this type of acting is needed when you have such an unsettling situation occurring around them.  Without the commitment of the performances, something could look off.  But as it stands, the acting contributes to the realistic violence that gives this film its edge. 

But the main draw of New Order will be the violent revolution that it depicts.  When the actual revolution occurs, the film devolves into cinematic chaos.  It is so well done that it is stunning and scary to see, with violence and confusion flowing as freely as the paint and blood on screen.  The movie does a great job with cinematic shots to sow this confusion, with a particularly effective scene involving some characters in a car that starts to get harassed by the protestors.  The shot appears to be a long one take that lets you get a sense of what they are experiencing.  And the effects during this revolution are also quite good.  You have destroyed streets and stores, and avenues littered with debris and bodies.  All of this contributes to the wholly unsettling film that is New Order.  And it should go without saying that the story of New Order is very good.  As I mentioned, the opening is masterful.  The rest of the film is quite good, but a very different type of film.  Some might not like the turn that happens when the chaos ensues, or the ending to it all, but I thought it was quite compelling.  And despite some initial hesitance with the story (more info here), upon further reflection, I did appreciate it. 

New Order is a chaotic cinematic experience, with a masterfully shot descent into unrest fueled by fantastic acting and universal societal and economic disparities.  

Watch it.

Lisa Owen	Lisa Owen	...	Rebeca Miguel Angel Pichardo	Miguel Angel Pichardo	...	Secuestrado Luba Ramirez	Luba Ramirez	...	Secuestrada Juan Francisco Rettore	Juan Francisco Rettore	...	Secuestrado Ana Lucia Robleda	Ana Lucia Robleda	...	Secuestrada Romina Rodriguez	Romina Rodriguez	...	Secuestrada Uziel Salazar	Uziel Salazar	...	Secuestrado Julian Segura	Julian Segura		 Javier Sepulveda	Javier Sepulveda	...	Secuestrado 18 Javier Sepulveda	Javier Sepulveda	...	David Kya Shin	Kya Shin	...	Song Yi Sebastian Silveti	Sebastian Silveti	...	Pablo Enrique Singer	Enrique Singer	...	Victor Luis Sokol	Luis Sokol	...	Secuestrado Carla Suescun	Carla Suescun	...	Secuestrada Mariana Szuchmacher	Mariana Szuchmacher	...	Secuestrada Alejandro Sánchez de la Peña	Alejandro Sánchez de la Peña	...	Cura Gustavo Sánchez Parra	Gustavo Sánchez Parra	...	General Oribe Annie Van Rickley	Annie Van Rickley	...	Secuestrada Michael Waissman	Michael Waissman	...	Secuestrado
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