Filmatron

A kitsch, dystopian vision from the same production outfit as "Zombie Plague" and "Mutant Zone," "Filmatron" is classic high-energy, low-taste product. Clearly made more for fun than finance, yarn about a gang of rebels trying to make an independent sci-fi schlocker under a totalitarian regime is derivative, over-acted and cheesy -- but enjoyable throughout.

With:
With: Walter Cornas, Laura Azcurra, Paulo Soria, Ricardo Chiesa, Berta Muniz.

A kitsch, dystopian vision from the same production outfit as “Zombie Plague” and “Mutant Zone,” “Filmatron” is classic high-energy, low-taste product. Clearly made more for fun than finance, yarn about a gang of rebels trying to make an independent sci-fi schlocker under a totalitarian regime is derivative, over-acted and cheesy — but enjoyable throughout. Production company Farsa has a cult following locally, but the pic’s offshore reach looks limited to fantasy fests.

Daniel Vega (Paulo Soria) is shooting a film called “Rebel Scum” when he’s arrested by the police, headed by Osvaldo (Ricardo Chiesa). Latter disposes of the offending videotape by dumping it on geeky comicbook fan Lucas (Walter Cornas), who’s slowly sucked into the deranged world of rebel filmmakers. When the government announces a “Film of the People” competition, Lucas spots a chance for a little healthy subversion. Walking a tightrope between risibility and comedy, “Filmatron” has points to make about censorship in a country with lingering memories of dictatorship. But mostly, this is just good-hearted, simpleminded fare.

Filmatron

Argentina

Production: A Farsa production. (International sales: Farsa, Buenos Aires.) Executive producers, Diego Azulay, Ximena Battista, Walter Cornas, Gisela Toledo Chiqui. Directed, written by Pablo Pares.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Diego Echave; editor, Esteban Rojas, Diego Briata; music, Alejandro D'Aloisio. Reviewed on DVD, Madrid, April 25, 2007. (In Buenos Aires Film Festival -- competing.) Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Walter Cornas, Laura Azcurra, Paulo Soria, Ricardo Chiesa, Berta Muniz.

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