AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL (AL FINAL DEL TÚNEL) (2016) by Rodrigo Grande
“It was the perfect robbery until he intruded”
“At the End of the Tunnel” is the latest film from the argentinian filmmaker Rodrigo Grande. This dark thriller mixtures the fears of a man who meets a new woman, with a plot of mystery in which he tries to find out what is planning a band that meets on the other side of his basement’s wall.
Joaquín (Leonardo Sbaraglia) is a paraplegic man about to lose his house by non-payments, so he decides to rent one of its rooms to get some money. The arrival of his new renters, Berta (Clara Lago) a young mother with her little child, will make him spend more time in his basement studio, where some strange noises will raise the suspicion of something strange happening near his home.
“At the End of the Tunnel” is the clear demonstration that a long thriller (the film lasts two hours) does not need to have a fast rhythm to entertain the viewer. In this case, the plot is built slowly so you get to know the characters, but also gives you the right information about what is happening. This makes you want to know more all the time and keeps you hooked until the end.
The “blame” is, in part, on the actors. There’s a good chemistry between Leonardo Sbaraglia and Clara Lago. And the little girl is brilliant in the scenes with the dog.
The only doubt I have is if the public in Argentina would have had a good acceptance of Clara Lago’s accent, as they are those who would really appreciate this.
Obviously, like in most movies, there are things that I would have changed or removed. Certain subplots were not necessary in my opinion, as the main plot is quite interesting itself, so doesn’t need any others to sustain it (like is the case of the story of the little girl), and some scenes weren’t necessaries for me because they gave me nothing, and they even felt rare.
But, despite not being a cult movie, it’s aninteresting film to watch and in the end it has more lights than shadows.