Intacto Easy on the eyes but hard to swallow, the Spanish suspenser Intacto centers on people with "the gift" of luck who play high-stakes games of… Intacto Easy on the eyes but hard to swallow, the Spanish suspenser Intacto centers on people with "the gift" of luck who play high-stakes games of…
Movie on DVD Review

Intacto (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 24, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jun 24, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language, Mystery and Thriller; With: Monica Lopez, Eusebio Poncela, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Max von Sydow; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Easy on the eyes but hard to swallow, the Spanish suspenser Intacto centers on people with ''the gift'' of luck who play high-stakes games of chance against one another. Federico (Poncela) is one of these gifted folk, but his winning streak ends when he falls out with the casino-dwelling ''king of fate'' (a creepy Max von Sydow). Aiming to reverse his fortunes, Federico finds someone who's really lucky: bank robber Tomas (Sbaraglia), the only survivor of a plane crash. Tomas competes in odd games -- like running through the woods blindfolded and seeing who will be the last to run into a tree. It's all muy bizarre. But director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo gives the film a sharp, noirish look that's nicely complemented by Lucio Godoy's eerie music. EXTRAS If you're still perplexed at the end, the making-of featurette will increase your chances of understanding the arty thriller.

Originally posted Jul 11, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints
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