Olivier Assayas' three-part drama about Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan-born radical-Marxist terrorist of the '70s and '80s, is a rivetingly journalistic account of a scoundrel's…
Movie Review

Carlos

MARX AND RECREATION Edgar Ramirez plays the titular radical in Carlos
Image credit: Jean-Claude Moireau
MARX AND RECREATION Edgar Ramirez plays the titular radical in Carlos

Olivier Assayas' three-part drama about Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan-born radical-Marxist terrorist of the '70s and '80s, is a rivetingly journalistic account of a scoundrel's rise and fall. Carlos (the superb Édgar Ramírez) is like Che Guevara reborn as a bomb-tossing hijacker. He's a figure of fascination, yet Carlos doesn't go deeper, it just gets longer. B+

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Originally posted Oct 13, 2010 Published in issue #1125-1126 Oct 22, 2010 Order article reprints