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19.10.09

Kiltro (2006)




Director: Ernesto Diaz Espinoza
Starring: Marko Zaror, Catarina Jadresic, Miguel Angel De Luca
Not Rated  Running time: 98 minutes
Released by Magnolia

Marko Zaror has everything it takes to become an international action megastar: he's ruggedly handsome, built like a freight train, and he's got karate moves that will make you ashamed that you ever sat through a Steven Seagal movie. It doesn't seem like KILTRO made him a household name, but it's a pretty entertaining little action/fantasy flick.

The plot is your basic boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl-to-evil-karate-badass (Miguel Angel De Luca), boy-trains-to-become-unstoppable-asswhoopin'-machine-to-get-girl-back actioner. There are dyed mullets, loud clothing, wise dwarves, bad soundtrack music, and CGI-arterial sprays mixed in as well. The one thing that is sorely lacking is action scenes. There's a brief skirmish at the beginning when Zaror challenges an entire class of martial arts students,and a digital blood spraying scene near the end when our hero mows down a crowd of baddies, but little else in between. The film's primary focus is on the blossoming romance between Zaror and Catarina Jadresic, not on delivering kung fu thrills. While director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza handles these elements fairly well, it's disappointing that he didn't choose to give the viewer more of what they really want: action. More wheel-kick decapitations would have helped immensely.

The word is that the Zaror and Espinoza's next collaboration, Mirageman, is much more satisfying than Kiltro. I'm Netflixing it and should have a review up shortly.

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