Reviewed bygynterVote: 8/10/10
"Anazapta" is one of those movies about the medieval times which doesnot have any characters boasting a bright, ultra-white-teeth Hollywoodsmile. The whole so to say "medievalness" is shown very naturally, i.e.people are dirty, rude, there's violence and brief nudity, etc. Andthis is great. This is the only thing that provides the movies withabove the average rating IMHO. The story is twisted just perfectly forending-guessers to figure out the grand finale some 20 to 15 minutesbefore time, but the very ending scene has left me wondering. Anyway,in my TV-program the film was described as a historical thriller andthriller it was indeed.
Reviewed bytony grecoVote: 8/10/10
This is a great movie because you never know what's going to happen next.
A dark thriller that keeps you guessing all the time. The thing thathookedmefrom the beginning wasn't just the mysterious plot but also the way themiddleages are presented; raw and dirty, the opposite of what a moreconventionalfilmor a Hollywood approach would have given us.I found myself a little lost at some points but I liked the abstractendingbecauseit keeps you thinking after the film has ended. I'm not so sure about someof thegross or violent scenes but I guess they help to set the scene. I alsofoundtheorchestral score very melancholic and powerful.
Reviewed byJosé Luis Rivera Mendoza (jluis1984)Vote: 7/10/10
It's always great to see a film that, even when it's not a masterpieceof the genre, breaks the mold and stands high in the middle of the seaof mediocrity that average films create. Anazapta is one of thosefilms.
Set in the middle age, it's very realistic in it's portrayal of howdirty, physically and emotionally that age was. The amorality andviolence of the dark ages set the tone for a film about revenge andmystery in the time of the Black Plague.
A man is taken as prisoner by the inhabitants of a town. The village issuffering and needs money, and before the church takes the land, thewidow of the lord of the land decides to trade the prisoner, who claimsto be the son of a french nobleman in exchange of money. But theprisoner may not be who they think is, and to complicate the things, amysterious disease similar to the plague is killing people who may bepart of the mystery surrounding the prisoner.
A very interesting mix of suspense, horror and mystery set in themiddle-ages is what makes this film to shine. The script, although alittle bit underdeveloped, still makes justice to the premise and whatwe have is a chilling tale that keeps the interest of the audience whois led through the horrors of the ages.
Certainly, It's one of the most realistic portrayals of the middle age,it moves away from the nobility of knights and princes and shows us theharsh reality of corrupt institutions, dirty and poor villagers, andtired knights whose only ambition is to live the next day.
The cast is good, and while it may not be the best acting, it's betterthan expected in a low-budget film. In fact, the entire film looks asif it's budget were big but in fact it's low.
Maybe it's biggest flaw lays in the fact that it leaves many thingsunexplained, the script ends in a way that maybe will leave many peopleunsatisfied. I have read comments of people who could not understandthe ending. I'm not sure if I understood it, but I enjoyed the film.
It's a good movie about the middle ages, and it definitely deserves alook.
In 1348, with the horrors of the Black Death haunting Europe, English soldiers return home from war with a French nobleman as hostage. When people in their home village soon after begin to die, it is believed that the Black Death has struck once more. However, there are other dark reasons behind the sudden deaths.