A Man of Action 2022 Movie Review
February 7, 2023

A Man of Action 2022 Movie Review

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A Man of Action 2022 Movie Review

The story of Lucio Urtubia is the same as that of many others who had to survive in exile based on precarious jobs, black market jobs or lower forecasts for the future than they had when they lived in Spain. But the nuance that ‘A man of action’ brings is that of idealism. The struggle of the working class and anti-capitalist finds in the figure of this Navarrese a very current reference in terms of values ​​of justice, equality and equity. He was a person who decided to go one step further, challenging the law and the system. Javier Ruiz Caldera ‘s filmdoes the good deed of highlighting a character who has been worshiped regionally, but not nationally. Like many other American productions, it extols and embellishes the story of a popular hero with fiction and some spectacularity.

Having said what has been said, it goes without saying that ‘A Man of Action’ is based on real events. The film adopts the retrospective scheme, that is, it presents us with a tense first sequence that leaves us with a cliffhanger and takes us back twenty years throughout the first act. Thus we travel from post-war Navarre to the adoptive Paris of so many Republican, Marxist or anarchist Spaniards. The production very effectively takes us back to that time and with great sharpness and clarity we wander through France in the 1960s and 1970s.

Ruiz Caldera has two actors with whom he has previously worked : Luis Callejo and Miki Esparbé ( ‘Malnazidos’ ). On this occasion they are the ideal accompaniment, but on this occasion the protagonist is embodied by Juan José Ballesta. Which Paco Martínez Soria embodies a drunken villager overwhelmed by the big city. But, both actor and character, far from being intimidated, he takes the path of direct action following in the footsteps of Durruti or Quico Sabater and absorbs the currents of the time becoming what we usually call a “Robin Hood”. An activist who, apart from wanting to give the people what belongs to the people, tried to be that butterfly effect that would cause a tidal wave that would collapse the foundations of what is the germ of the current consumer system: money, banks and large companies. “Robbing a bank is a crime, but founding it is more of a crime” the film quotes at the beginning.

In general, history or society only remembers the anarchists who founded that current of thought or those who dedicated themselves to direct action by planting bombs. ‘A man of action’ is a good opportunity for the audience to discover other facets and methods of anarchism, even if it is from a softened point and even embellished with comedy. Both in form and in plot it is reminiscent of ‘Catch me if you can’. In terms of substance, it is not so similar to Steven Spielberg’s film since we have a political issue on our hands, but that prolonged chase between the counterfeiter and the police has an obvious influence. Action and comedy, the usual with Javier Ruiz Caldera ( ‘Superlópez’ ). The suspense is undoubtedly provided by the screenwriter Parxi Amezcua ( ‘The Shadow of the Law’ ,’Operation oil slick’ ). This has been a most effective combination.

A Man of Action 2022 Movie Review