Set in a sleepy town in Mexico during the course of one day, the tale of Lolo--a computer nerd, ensnared in a diamond heist. When he is caught spying on his attractive neighbor Andrea a chain of events unravel leading to chaos and bloodshed.
A stylish, unconvincing collection of second-hand gimmicks and attitudes, this Mexican caper movie borrows from "Amores Perros," "Run Lola Run" and the collected early work of Quentin Tarantino. The narrative, hopping around the sad, garish notcturnal landscape of lower-middle-class Mexico City, unfolds in real time with the jumpy irritability of a 90-minute nicotine fit. A computer hacker (Diego Luna) takes a break from spying on his neighbor to go in on some shady business with Russian mobsters, and the ensuing wave of grisly, jokey violence sweeps up the unsuspecting proprietors of a modes beauty salon and a small pharmacy. In spite of the interesting cast and Hugo Rodríguez's deft sense of timing, the movie is little more than yet another numbing, dumbing exercise in warmed-over cool. A. O. Scott
2004-08-20 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Nicotina