WASP NETWORK (2019)

A film by Olivier Assayas

Cast:  Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura

Beginning of the 90’s. A group of Cubans living in Miami set up a spy network. Their mission: to infiltrate the anti-Castro groups responsible for attacks on the island.

Rene Gonzalez (Edgar Ramirez) seems to have a perfect life. His wife Olga (Penélope Cruz) is beautiful, they have a young daughter and he flies planes. But one day he decided to take off and fly under the radar and over the short stretch of sea to Miami. In a televised press conference he tells them the frustration about the Castro regime and announces his intention to stay in the US, after all he is an American citizen who just left his wife and kids to Cuba and he is being accused of being a traitor. Juan Pablo (Wagner Moura) soon joins him too. Both René and Juan become pilots for the CANF (Cuban American National Foundation) to assist defecting Cubans and hasten the collapse of Castro’s regime. Both infiltrate CANF, rising up the ranks, with Juan Pablo graduating to a lavish lifestyle. Assayas, while filming Wasp Network, was given the rare opportunity to film in Cuba. The over shot of Cuba by plane was a rare sight on film and the most vibrant. As the story unravels the mystery behind René and Juan Pablo, other characters are introduced and historical figures, such as the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles (Tony Plano) and Gerardo Hernandez (Gael García Bernal), director of Wasp Network. As the story goes along it is going to be a little confusing at times. The story has its twist and turns. It is film in an unconventional way and it fells that it is going all over the place. It is watchable and entertaining but it is missing something unfortunately. And to think this was going on in the 90’s.

TRASH (2014)

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A film by Stephen Daldry

Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura

3 kids who lives by garbage dumps work there to and picks up plastic anything that is plastic and put it in a trash bag to be recycled. They are from Brazil. one of them makes a stunning discovery a wallet full of cash. Little did they know that their lives are about to change.

Here is a film in the style of Slumdog millionaire. It is from Andy Mulligan’s novel. Here is a director who has it right. He went to the poor neighborhood in Brazil and told the story as is. It is center on the kids that lives in poverty and their acting was flawless and for a kid this has to be hard work to be almost in every frame of the movie. They are kids who have no education nor future. Politician who are corrupt not helping the poor, than you have the police who is corrupt also that does not help. In brazil I was told that there is a corrupted politicians. So the poor on one side and the rich on the other. Nobody cares for the poor. There is a sense of hope in the movie which is nice. Outstanding for the acting for the kids, as well as Martin Sheen. The tension is there and continue during the film continuously. The suspense runs throughout the film also. It could be more realistic but it is entertaining no doubt. I do not want to say more than that just in case you didn’t see the film. It is a fine piece of film with a good ending.

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