Cronicas (Cordero, 2004)

Cronicas begins with a visceral punch to the gut, a jarring and brilliant opening sequence showing a man, who may or may not be the most ruthless serial killers ever, get torn apart by an angry mob for an altogether different and accidental crime. But after this bravura opening, the film falls into a familiar cat and mouse game between this ambiguous shadow and the journalist trying to catch him. Media ethics, government incompetence, and unmitigated poverty all play a major role in forming themes of mass guilt. Casually disturbing and never boring, Cronicas is one of those ice cold thrillers burning for your shock and awe. To the film’s credit, the nature of the beast is seen through the brutal rationalization of the Devils’ motives instead of the disturbing deeds themselves.

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