Written November 13, 2011
Beware, Almodovar once again delivers! This film asks unsettling questions. If you don't come out of this Almodovar film in discomfort, you and I have not seen the same movie. He doesn't use the Holywood trick of setting up some repulsive stereotype, then substituting a more socially acceptable one. Instead, Almodovar challenges social and psychological. He subverts these ideas using the tools at hand. His film techniques-- visual, plot and character, etc. even color-- he employs to lay bare the opposing truths and lies we live among. In the process, he makes the contradictory apparent. Unsettling, alive, discomfortable, mindful. Go and take someone you like to talk to.
Written November 21, 2011
It was creepy, but not what I expected. Usually a psycho-thriller that has you on the edge of your seat actually does just that. But although this movie was creepy by the standard of the content, I did not find it to be a "thriller".
Written December 01, 2011
This is my second Pedro Almodovar film (BROKEN EMBRACES) and I left this one disturbed and amazed. This one takes you places you don't want to go, makes you witness things you don't want to see, and the uneasiness follows you home! Disturbing story and he tells it in back & forth time to keep you interested.
The flaws are few and are mostly based on the character development. Marisa Paredes plays a critical scene that explains the characters and elements behind the madness and it was rushed through. Too fast to take it all in, especially with subtitles. However, the film develops well and finishes with a hoot!
Written March 26, 2016
Extraordinary, concept, plot et al. Afterthought, yes, why not. What an very interesting ploy for revenge. Although the cast was miniscule (a few) and settings hypothetically simple, this did not take away from storyline or thrill. I could not help but keep pulling down my stockings as the scenes progressed throughout what was unfollding. This flic because of its originality scores very high on my postdramaticnopsis. 4.5/5
Written January 11, 2012
I've enjoyed Pedro Almodóvar's films for years. He brings a distinct visual eye and alternative emotional perspective to his productions.
Now he's venturing into an almost David Cronenberg science fiction thriller -- setting his 2011 release in the cutting edge medical world of 2012 with a script co-written with his brother Augustin based on a novel by Thierry Jonquet.
Antonio Banderas stars as a doctor driven by the tragedies endured by his family to perform experimental surgeries on a captive subject played by Elena Anaya.
Through flashbacks we see what drove everyone involved into the intensely odd situations we find them in with twists and turns that keep things very interesting. As extreme as things get, what each character does remains believable and involving.