March 5, 2024

PUNTO ROJO: What's in THIS Box?

PUNTO ROJO (Blu-ray)
2021 / 80 min
Review by Mr. Bonnie😺

Punto Rojo (“Red Point”) is a quick & dirty little crime flick that doesn’t unfold how you expect and makes the most out of an obviously minuscule budget. 

As the film begins, Diego (Demián Salomón) is a low-level thug sitting in a car in the middle of an empty field, listening to a talk radio program about his favorite soccer team. While calling the station to answer trivia contest questions, a body drops from the sky onto the car. Then a plane crashes some distance away. Soon after, a heavily armed woman from the plane, Paula (Moro Anghileri), approaches. Obviously expecting someone else to be waiting for her, she demands to know who Diego is. The man she was actually planning to meet, Edgardo (Edgardo Castro), is stashed in the trunk.

A lengthy flashback provides the backstory leading up to this conflict. Originally, it was Diego in the trunk, kidnapped by Edgardo for a local gangster and being held hostage until his brother, a professional soccer goalie, throws an upcoming match. However, Edgardo is attempting two jobs at once, the other delivering a lockbox to Paula, which contains a narrative MacGuffin that’s revealed in the final act (like most of the previous plot developments, it ain’t what we’re led to expect).

That feeling you get when all your luggage fits.
Running a lean, mean 80 minutes, Punto Rojo wastes little time with peripherals, making every scene count (though some might initially seem a little rambling). Even with only three primary characters and two settings, the film feels a lot bigger than it really is. Brutal at times, it’s also pretty damn funny, particularly a great running gag regarding Diego’s attempt to win the radio trivia contest.

None of the characters would ever be mistaken for pleasant people, but they’re all interesting, punctuated by solid performances. Salomón, in particular, brings a zeal to his role that’s especially amusing. Both visually and conceptually, writer/director Nic Loreti manages to accomplish a lot with very little, making Punto Rojo a small winner all around.


SHORT - “Pinball,” which is basically an earlier version of the garage scene from Punto Rojo.


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