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Tres días (Before the Fall)

Picture Max Cady lurking underneath the meteorite from “Armageddon” and you get “Tres días” (re-titled in English as “Before the Fall”). “Tres días” is an entertaining thrill ride by Spanish director F. Javier Gutiérrez. Set in the remote town of Laguna , the story centers on Alejandro (Víctor Clavijo), a young handyman. Alejandro is resentfully living in the shadow of his older brother Tomas, who saved Laguna from serial killer Lucio (Eduard Fernández).

When a gargantuan meteor threatens to destroy the planet, chaos clouts Laguna (we’re wondering if the idea of sending untrained oil drillers into space wasn’t brought up). Alejandro and his mom Rosa (Mariana Cordero) find refuge in the countryside looking after Tomas’ children. The underachieving Alejandro accepts Earth’s grim fate as an excuse to fritter his last hours away. But his character is put to the test when prison escapee Lucio seeks revenge on his family. Alejandro must find the courage to save his loved ones from Lucio’s rancor amidst the impeding doomsday.

“Tres días” could be easily contrived based on its preposterous plot. Surprisingly, Gutiérrez sets a grim tone that makes this movie feel plausible. Gutiérrez, unlike his counterparts who over-saturate the genre with editing trickery, brings a pace that keeps the story grounded. His character development and cinematic texture are reminiscent of fellow Spaniards Alejandro Amenábar (“Open Your Eyes”) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“Intacto”). On your next rental night, skip “2012” and welcome “Tres días”, olé!

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Tres días (Before the Fall)


Directed by: F. Javier Gutiérrez
Written by: F. Javier Gutiérrez
Starring: Víctor Clavijo, Eduard Fernández

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