films seen
6
average score
2.50*
nationality
Spain - 50 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

The Others

2001 / 104m - USA
Horror, Mystery
3.5*/5.0*
The Others poster

The inoffensive

Regression

Regresión
2015 / 106m - Spain
Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.0*/5.0*
Regression poster

A dark, brooding and malicious thriller that is reminiscent of David Fincher's work. I prefer Amenábar as a director though, the atmosphere is just that little heavier and tangible. Well acted, nicely written and tense from start to finish, though a little slow and a bit too predictable here and there. Not bad at all.

Agora

2009 / 127m - Spain
Adventure, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
Agora poster

Worthy but flawed

Thesis

Tesis
1996 / 125m - Spain
Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Thesis poster

I expected more of this film. Not that I'm a big Amenábar fan, but the premise sounded interesting enough and the film has often been praised as one of the highlights of Spanish cinema. It hasn't aged all that well though, what remains is a somewhat sluggish version of 8MM (with no Cage in sight).

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The plot revolves around a student who is interested in onscreen violence and wants to write her thesis about the subject. Looking for gruesome and shocking films, she gets mixed up with some shady people and ends up caught in the middle of a snuff operation. Most of the film is spent on figuring out the culprits.

Though Thesis is often booked as a horror film, it's really just a thriller with a darker subject matter. Maybe this was tense or scary in '96, but nowadays it's pretty tame, not in the least because Amenábar makes sure not to show the most disturbing footage. Performances are mediocre, the direction is rather plain and the whodunit too basic. It's not terrible, just nothing special.

Dubious filler

The Sea Inside

Mar Adentro
2004 / 125m - Spain
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
The Sea Inside poster

Big nopes

Open Your Eyes

Abre los Ojos
1997 / 117m - Spain
Mystery, Thriller
1.0*/5.0*
Open Your Eyes poster