Rojo is an Argentinean movie directed by Benjamin Naishtat. It is an Argentinean film, set in the period of 1970s. The thriller concentrates on a period in which the country had lost its moral values. It is a gloomy and serious movie that revolves around crime.
The movie begins with a scene when an abandoned home is looted by some ordinary citizens. Then, the story shifts to the hero. The protagonist, Claudio, is a lawyer who enjoys a respected position in the society. His life changes one evening when a stranger comes to his life. The stranger misbehaves with Claudio as he sits on a table in a busy restaurant, waiting for his wife. Claudio leaves the seat for the stranger, but he insults the other in front of everyone in the hotel. He is giving a long speech on the ill-manners of the stranger and the society supports him. The situation turns worse as the verbal abuse gives way to physical violence. The story progresses through the life of Claudio which turns darker afterwards.
The film is all about a society which doesn’t give importance to mutual respect and peace. Everywhere, there is crime, death and disappearances. The disturbing mood of the movie is complemented with compelling background score and visuals that are often red in colour. The red shade shows the tint of blood that is hidden everywhere. The story shows a place where everyone irrespective of age, social and economic status commits crime. The director has used several symbols to convey the darkness of the period. The eclipse which covered sun and made the world dark is an example.
A detective named Sinclair reaches the place to investigate a man missing case. The thriller is able to keep the audience curious till the end. There are violent and terrific scenes that may appear shocking. Considering the mood of the film, it can be categorized as a noir type. It is full of crime, guilt and confession. It also shows that often trivial things lead to a grave crime. The director has carefully chosen 1970s as it was a dark age in Argentina. He has placed every little thing in the scene with utmost consideration that each of them conveyed deeper meanings.
The performance of the main actor Dario Grandinetti (Claudio) needs special mention as he played it excellently. The title ‘Rojo’ itself means red. It will be the best choice for the viewers who love thrillers.