Review: ‘You Shouldn’t Be Here’

A slick techno thriller which splices genre tricks together into a deja vu whole, feature debut by director Jacobo Rispa, "You Shouldn't Be Here," echoes "Fight Club" and "Crash" but adds nothing of its own. Helmer's Goya award-winning short, "On a Perfect Day" (1999), raised expectations unfulfilled here.

A slick techno thriller which splices genre tricks together into a deja vu whole, feature debut by director Jacobo Rispa, “You Shouldn’t Be Here,” echoes “Fight Club” and “Crash” but adds nothing of its own. Helmer’s Goya award-winning short, “On a Perfect Day” (1999), raised expectations unfulfilled here. Targeting youth auds, pic will keep them briefly amused in Spanish-speaking territories, but elsewhere distribs will tell “Here” to go elsewhere.

Thrill-seeking Gonzalo (Argentinian hunk Pablo Echarri) lives with conventional Marta (Pilar Punzano). A cryptic message from a figure called Iblis in an internet chat room leads them to a dam where they meet other thrill-hunters: Sergio (Tristan Ulloa), Sonia (Marian Aguilera), psychotic skinhead Pablo (Andres Gertrudix) and overweight Alicia (Marta Ambit). Iblis’ next assignment brings sad computer geek Ruben (Juan Diaz) into the action and takes place inside an elevator shaft. Sergio is killed, and death follows upon death as suspicions rise within the group. Plot is a farrago of enjoyable absurdities, but pic peaks too early, making it a long ride to the end. Action sequences are fine, Echarri overacts wildly, and lensing is very look-at-me.

You Shouldn't Be Here

Spain-Argentina-France

Production

A Hispano Foxfilm release (in Spain) of an Alquimia Cinema, Ensueno Films (Spain)/Telefe (Argentina)/Fidelite (France) production, in association with Telemadrid, Antena 3, Via Digital. (International sales: Alquimia, Madrid.) Produced by Francisco Ramos. Directed by Jacobo Rispa. Screenplay, Ernesto Pozuelo, Nacho Cabana.

Crew

Camera (color), Nestor Calvo; editor, Buster Franco; music, Federico Jusid; art director, Carlos Bodelon; sound (Dolby), Goldstein & Steinberg. Reviewed at Yelmo Cineplex Ideal, Madrid, May 28, 2002. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Pablo Echarri, Tristan Ulloa, Marian Aguilera, Pilar Punzano, Juan Diaz, Andres Gertrudix, Marta Ambit.
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