DEPRAVED FUN UNDER THE ACAPULCO SUN
As the well-to-do Bennett family vacations in sunny Acapulco, tragedy strikes back home and the posh Brits must cut their trip short and return to the UK. That is except for patriarch Neil Bennett, who is delayed—and then delayed some more.
From Mexican writer/director Michel Franco, Sundownis a very gipping drama propelled by a powerful performance by Tim Roth as Neil Bennett who has been described by many critics as a sociopath.
“It is not a coincidence that Sundown takes place in Acapulco,” filmmaker Michel Franco says. “It is shocking for me to witness the city where I spent childhood vacations turn to an epicenter of violence. Sundown springs from a necessity to explore a place that seems increasingly distant and foreign. This exploration of all perspectives present in Acapulco is also a character study, and a study of family dynamics.”
Without giving away too much of the tight, family drama, Sundown, especially with the standout performance by Tim Roth, is a small movie that hits big and is definitely worth watching. It’s fun in the sun in a very dark and depraved way.
“The sun occupies a primordial place; it hits always aggressively and directly,” explains director Franco. “The image imperatively has to reflect two things: The characters; emotional states and the violence prevalent in their surroundings.”
As Neil is left behind in Acapulco, the city quickly becomes a looming character in the film. Poverty, crime and seduction are around every corner, creating an atmosphere where anything can happen. This is a great character piece where the story and performances drive the action.
Sundown (83 mins / Rated R) hits theaters January 28.
Story By: Jose Martinez
Photography Courtesy Of: Sundown