Black Beach (2021) Review

Good action movie with interesting plot twists and good thrilling sequences, but overall, just a little generic and not exactly what I would call an Action film.

Certificate: 15

Director: Esteban Crespo

Screenwriter: Esteban Crespo, David Moreno

Starring: Raúl Arévalo, Paulina García, Candela Peña

Genre: Action, Drama

Runtime: 110 Minutes

Language: Spanish

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Carlos is a businessman who gets a request to intercede on behalf a US engineer in the oil industry who’s been kidnapped.  Once he arrives in Africa, he reconnects with old friends and finds that maybe he doesn’t know the whole story of what is going on, and he has been put in more danger then he bargained for.

Nothing about this film is particularly memorable, but that doesn’t necessarily make it bad.  It tells a pretty interesting story pretty competently.  At the beginning there is a lot of information to take in and a lot of backstory that you have to get caught up on, so at the start things can feel like a bit of an info dump, but that takes a back seat once the real action gets started. 

This film does take on the general tropes of the classic White Saviour story that we have seen a thousand times, and while it tries not to flash it around too much the undercurrent is definitely still there.  They give Carlos a personal connection to the non-descript African community to try and soften the blow a little and not make it quite so in your face insulting, but it’s still a plot device that needs to be trodden very carefully.

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All the performances are good, nothing to write home about, but they get the job done.  Raúl Arévalo plays Carlos our main character and it is his performance and interactions with all the other characters that really drives the story.  He has a lot to do here, and while it isn’t necessarily a memorable or outstanding performance, he does outperform most of his co-stars in this film and play this role pretty well throughout.

I don’t necessarily think that ‘Action’ is the right genre for this film.  It doesn’t have the trademark action sequences or car chases etc.  I think that thriller is more accurate than action, but that is just my personal take on it. 

Generic and lacking anything to make it truly memorable, this was good to spend two hours of a morning, but in a month I doubt I will remember anything about it.

1 Comment

  1. I agree, the film is well worth a watch and very well acted by most. Certainly not “action” but drama, tense etc would fit. Carlos is no action hero (runs like a girl haha) but it is an enjoyable watch and well worth it in my opinion

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