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Red Bear

Released May 23, 2002 1h 37m Crime Drama List
60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 78% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Released from prison, a man (Julio Chávez) re-establishes contact with his daughter and participates in a deadly heist. Read More Read Less

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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Oct 1, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It works mainly because of the strong presence of the imposing figure of Julio Chaves as the Bear, in a brilliantly understated performance. Rated: B Apr 10, 2005 Full Review Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald A passable, although unremarkable, exercise in crime-drama formula. Rated: 2/4 May 28, 2004 Full Review Enrique Buchichio Uruguay Total Caetano es un director que prioriza una historia y unos personajes por sobre el despliegue de recursos y efectitos. Apr 30, 2003 Full Review Keith H. Brown Eye for Film Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 30, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Logran un realismo interesantísimo, donde los personajes sólo tocan muy de a ratos la felicidad a costa de sus duros refugios. La vida misma. Y muy bueno el pequeño homenaje a El Padrino. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member A surprisingly restrained story of a criminal returning from prison in hopes of being reunited to his daughter. Some remarkable scenes focusing on the relationship between father and daughter, some explosive scenes centering on the violence he commits for the sake of his daughter. But also a lot of dead space. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member (***): [img][/img] Interesting and well-acted. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Oso, vuelve a libertad tras 7 años en cárcel por matar un policía. Encuentra a su ex viviendo con otro y su hija no lo recuerda. Intentará recomponer sus relaciones, mientras sus cómplices le deben dinero y planean un nuevo golpe. Tensa, ágil, bien actuada, buenas secuencias, más honesta que el cine argentino de Darín... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Oso (Bear) is a very bad man-- a cop killer (or at least an accomplice to same) who is being released after he's served his term (this seems like such an odd idea to me as an American-- a cop killer being released after a term of imprisonment rather than getting the death penalty or life imprisonment). But of course he's redeemed by the love of his family, though his estranged wife has taken up with a new man. All the same, he wants to get her his part of the cash from the job that got him in the slammer. Chaos ensues. One is reminded of the FX TV series The Shield-- there is much murder and mayhem, but our antihero is someone who's committed to, as Vic was on The Shield, taking care of his estranged wife and family. Vic of course was a cop, but then again El Oso Rojo is full of corrupt cops so you don't really notice the difference very much; that is, that Oso is a criminal. Oso, played by Julio Chavez, bears some resemblance to Jason Statham-- dark, brooding, such that essentially the movie is a meditation on Chavez's hypermasculine scowl and lack of other obvious affect, intensified by his shaved head and scar on his right (or was it left?) brow. If the movie is taken at face value, I am given to believe that firearms are widely available in Buenos Aires and its surroundings. Given all that, of course, I loved it. But don't think this is some foreign art-house movie. This one review on the official website for the film is entitled "Argentina as the Wild, Wild West." That reminded me of one of Oso's best lines, "toda la guita is afanada," essentially, "all money is stolen money." As a final note, I feel required to say that unlike most Argentine most, the Spanish in El Oso Rojo borders on incomprehensible at times for non-native speakers (of course it's subtitled). It may require another viewing for that reason alone. Apparently Buenos Aires' lower-class suburbs have a language all their own. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member "Toda la guita es afanada." "All money is stolen money." You go, Oso. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Released from prison, a man (Julio Chávez) re-establishes contact with his daughter and participates in a deadly heist.
Adrián Caetano
Lita Stantic
Adrián Caetano, Romina Lafranchini
Ad Vitam
Production Co
Lita Stantic Producciones
Crime, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
May 23, 2002, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 4, 2017
1h 37m
Sound Mix