"7 Boxes" Movie Review: 3 1/2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
Run Victor run! A swift and clever thriller from
Filmmakers Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori set their story in the street bazaar known as Market No. 4,
a few ramshackle and teeming city blocks located in the Paraguayan capital of
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Here, 17-year-old Victor scrambles to make a living as a delivery boy. No bike; no truck; just a wheelbarrow.
Victor's hired by a shady and increasingly desperate market butcher to haul seven sealed crates to a destination to be named later. He needs the money to buy a fancy cellphone, for him a symbol of the glamorous life presently evading him. However, he doesn't realize the world of trouble about to come his way thanks to the crates' contents. Those contents are revealed about one-third the way through "7 Boxes."
The key to the film's success lies in its broad scope and deft juggling of competing interests.
Shot in an expedient cellphone-aesthetic visual style, sometimes with the camera planted at the front end of Victor's pushcart in dizzying motion, the movie manages quick-and-dirty introductions to all the major players in an increasingly bloody game. One of the local cops flirts with the cellphone saleswoman; a fry cook at a Chinese food stand struggles with ninth-month birth pangs. All play a part in Victor's adventure, and once a price is put on the boy's head, the running begins in earnest.
You wait for months, sometimes, for a movie to show you something new. "7 Boxes" does exactly that, and while it's no more than a briskly managed bit of escapism, it's a really good example of same.
"The Fast and the Furious" with wheelbarrows, and its two-week run at the Gene Siskel Film Center deserves an audience.
No MPAA rating. Running time: 1:45.
"7 Boxes" Movie Trailer
Víctor, receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content, in exchange for a torn half of a $ 100 bill. He will get the other half when he finishes the job