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Nicolás Francella is in the crosshairs, but he looks at Emilia Attias

A thriller with a character (Nicholas Francella) as a possible victim of a client of an Internet service company, who threatens to shoot the rifle with a telescopic sight with which he is pointing it at his workplace from outside, hidden in a building in downtown Buenos Aires, is the debut in the film direction of Richard HornArgentine producer and screenwriter who has been awarded the Tony Award on Broadway, which HBO Max has just uploaded to its platform.

And for this film, in which he co-directs with Carlos Gil, he had the support of several companies, from Warner Bros. to Paramount and DirecTV, who decided to support this co-production with Uruguay, which generates tension based on the situation raised, and in that surviving is a matter not only of time, but also of sagacity.

The film, after a sexually charged beginning, takes place on December 21 in which electricity blackouts and water cuts make the life of the porteño unbearable (does it sound familiar?).

Axel (Nicolás Francella) works in a call center and hides a secret.  HBO Photos

Axel (Nicolás Francella) works in a call center and hides a secret. HBO Photos

So that the viewer feels compelled to feel empathy for Axel Brigante (Francella), and not want a bullet to pierce his skull, he has been shown in different instances. Some play in your favor. In love with his girlfriendPaula Reca-, they plan to meet at the end of their shift at work at Telefonía del Sur to contract the catering for their next wedding.

And when an inexperienced young woman from a call center calls him to offer an ambulance service, he explains how to not scare off the potential customer. In other words: he is a buyer type who, on top of that, has an unbearable supervisor -and perhaps too warm for a December 21-.

Secret shared with the public

"En la mira" is the third most watched Argentine film in theaters so far in 2022.

“En la mira” is the third most watched Argentine film in theaters so far in 2022.

But Axel hides a secret: he cheats on his girlfriend with Ximena (Emilia Attias in extremely sexy plan), one of the chiefs of Telephony of the South, “from the top floor”.

There will be someone to find points of contact with deadly link (either telephone booth), the Joel Schumacher film in which a publicist, played by Colin Farrell, is trapped in a telephone booth (the film is from 2002) in New York and, if he moves, a sniper with whom he is on the phone, killed.

Axel's secret is called Ximena (Emilia Attias), with whom he is a lover.

Axel’s secret is called Ximena (Emilia Attias), with whom he is a lover.

But here the mobiles are different, Axel can move within the floors of the company. It’s something else.

And also the fact that we do not see the angry customer, who wants to be unsubscribed from the service for multiple reasons (low Internet speed, that they have continued to be charged despite their desire to leave the company, Telefonía del Sur, and that which has made repeated claims) is a handicap of the script.

And no, it is not the case of Bombita, the character that Ricardo Darín composed in wild tales. Something else happens here.

Literally "In the sights", to survive Axel must appeal to sagacity, and race against the clock.

Literally “In the sights”, to survive Axel must appeal to sagacity, and race against the clock.

The film is compact, and short -it does not reach an hour and a half-, it has Nicolás Francella in 90% of the shots and in almost all the scenes, except one. There are quotas of humor, it has Marcelo Camorino (Nine Queens, Autumn sun, The escape, The lighthouse) behind the cameras as director of photography, and a voice on the phone, whose identity is not easy to discover and of course we will not reveal here.

You have to hit play to see it.

“in sight”

Good

thriller. Argentina/Uruguay, 2022. Of: Ricardo Hornos and Carlos Gil. With: Nicolas Francella, Emilia Attias, Paula Reca. Available in: HBOMax.

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