For those looking for a way to pass the time while staying at home, Amazon Prime has numerous interesting movies, series, and documentaries. Here is a list of my favorites this week.
Revenge: Directed by Coralie Fargeat and starring Matilda Anna Ingrid in a revenge thriller. It tells us the story of three married men who, once a year, get together to hunt in the desert. However, this time one of them brings his lover, Jen, an attractive woman who attracts the glances of the other two men, who rape her and leave her for dead in the desert. But she is not dead, and when she regains consciousness, she embarks on a journey of revenge. This is a powerful and thrilling film with a good narrative pulse, capable of surprising us with sequences that approach the rude and grotesque but without failing to maintain an artistic sensibility. Although it has been criticized as feminist propaganda, Revenge is one of the best genre films of recent years.
Apocalypto: In 2006, Mel Gibson moved from acting to directing, and this was the first film he directed. He also co-scripted the film along with Farhad Safina. Apocalypto depicts the brutality of the Mayan empire, focusing on the idyllic existence of a small village threatened by a group of savages who seek to enslave its inhabitants in order to sacrifice them in a series of rites. Tough and bloody, Gibson’s work is crude and at times extremely realistic, showing us the harshness and ruthlessness of a savage pre-colonial culture. This is counter to what has been idealized by the public as the epitome of the happy life until the arrival or landing of the European conquerors.
Heat: With a cast led by Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer and produced by Michael Mann, this is an action thriller like no other. Mann gave us a great many sequences that would be later replicated exhaustively in future blockbusters that followed Heat’s premiere in 1995. Forming an elite team, Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is an expert thief planning one big heist before retiring. Putting Pacino and De Niro together, two of the best actors in film history—and building a spectacular story with a series of shootings that have yet to be surpassed—Heat marked a before and after in the genre. It gave us some of the best moments of Mann’s filmography that allowed him to improve on the successes of LA Takedown, a film that he released for television and of which this is a remake.