Movie Review : Carlos the Jackal

September 4, 2011


From Olivier Assayas, director of Irma Vep and Summer Hours, comes an explosive new work of astonishing scope; an epic portrayal of the notorious revolutionary and terrorist, Ilich Ramírez Sánchez: Carlos the Jackal.

Born in Venezuela and politicised in Europe, Sánchez took the moniker “Carlos the Jackal”, and for two decades was one of the most wanted terrorists on the planet. Best known for his infamous 1975 attack on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, where he took more than 60 people—including the Oil Ministers of many member nations—hostage, Carlos managed to weave his way into the complexities of international politics with his attacks in Europe and the Middle East throughout the ’70s and ’80s

Spanning 20 years, Assayas’ exciting, sexy, and globe-spanning portrait of the notorious international terrorist mastermind, Carlos the Jackal electrified audiences at its premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and earned star Édgar Ramírez a Golden Globe® nomination.

Wow… I expected something dope but… wow… talk about blowin’ my expectations sky high! French film-maker Olivier Assayas definitely ain’t playin’ with his movie Carlos the Jackal. You can never go wrong when films are based off true stories or people. Carlos The Jackal is based off the most feared Venezuelan-born revolutionary Carlos, played by Édgar Ramírez, who drops out of school in 1970 to join the Palestinian Liberation movement. His fate snowballed from then on to becoming history’s most wanted terrorist (as we have all read).

Even though the film ran for 2 1/2hours, it didn’t quite feel as long as it should’ve been. Must’ve been the amazing plots, screenplay and acting. Speaking of which, I have to take my hats off to Ramirez for playing the role so amazingly well. His screen presence was one worthy of an Oscars (or two). You’ll know what I mean when you watch this film. His supporting casts did an amazing job along side him as well, adding to the dynamics of the film.

I can go on and on about every single aspect of the film, but one fact remains… you have to watch this film to experience the visual brilliance Olivier Assayas made. And despite its multinational setting, the film is intimate, exciting, realistic, steamy, and utterly amazing. What more can we say?
Highly recommended.

words by Benny Teh

Fat Kids Rating: 9/10

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