THE COMMERCIAL FILM OF THE WEEK
THE INVISIBLE GUARDIAN (EL GUARDIÁN INVISIBLE) (2016) by Fernando González Molina
“Basajaun protects us from the evil of the forest”
Once again the Spanish cinema dares with a thriller to raise the box office after the last events that so good data (and recognitions) have received. “The Invisible Guardian” is the adaptation of a novel by Dolores Redondo, and the director who has been in charge of the shooting is Fernando González Molina, who rose to fame with “Three steps above heaven” and “Tengo ganas de ti”. Later he realized “Palm trees in the snow”, a work superior to the previous ones but that weakened to not endowing intensity in the long 180 minutes. With “The Invisible Guardian” completely changes record to the thriller, to tension, where shooting is vital to cause intrigue to the viewer, and more if it is a book that has such a peculiar environment of Navarre Basque lands. What is the most important? Photography, editing and sound. Of course, always within a credible argument and hold the viewers firm.
Amaia Salazar (Marta Etura) begins the investigation of murders on the banks of the Baztán River. The place is Elizondo, his hometown, which will lift the dark past that lived to get to where it is now. Together with a police team will try to decipher the enigma of those murders so careful and with such an intense emotional load. The character possesses a great power, the way of transmitting is attractive and you constantly empathize with him to the point of hating those harmful people of his past. Marta Etura brings together all the characteristics of the character, and González Molina saw it provoking one of the greatest successes of the work: casting. Elvira Mínguez arrives to terrify with the personage of the sister and is perceived that something fat hides, although it is not known the what.
All technical aspects are good. The setting is probably the best part of The Invisible Guardian, the way to link forests and darkness with history is admirable knowing that this montage is always complicated, as it is very easy to saturate or show many landscapes without raising tension. In this case it is always well taken and the concatenation of routes through the forest is appreciated. The music, although somewhat topical, also well assembles the pieces of the puzzle to intrigue, although not as effective as it should. However, an important one is the pursuit of empty intrigue; the one that tries to show that something happens, that there is something important there, but then it is nothing. There are several stupid scenes that provoke nothing, a shadow that persecutes and disappears, a cry that is lost, a false alarm… are easy ways to frighten that do not conclude in anything, and should disappear since later, when there is something to show, Already have the viewer a little tired.
As the story unfolds, all guilt closes in a circle close to Amaia, she is conscious and tries to avoid it, however she knows that it is not possible and must reach the final consequences. The family drama is as intense as it is inexplicable, there are many doubts in the air that are not solved, and the final resource is easy, although it fits perfectly with the plot. Something more of spark and surprise would not have gone wrong, because part of the story is seen coming from the first flashback, although then try to make it in the form of a puppeteer.
In conclusion, “The Invisible Guardian” is a very good story, with a lot of potential that becomes an interesting thriller that does not get to climb to the top due to the somewhat easy resources. Many explanations remain, and I would not have been much deeper in that Basque mythology that, in the hands of the “Basajaun”, lead the inspector to find the truth. A very well done and attractive work that, much to my regret, is not so remarkable.