Camino (2015)

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Stuntwoman turned actress Zoë Bell and director Josh C. Waller reunite after the brutal fight film Raze with a project driven by Bell and actor/filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo in the central roles.

Avery Taggart is an award-winning photojournalist who’s given her latest assignment by her boss Donald. She is hired to go into the jungles of Colombia to take photos of a benevolent group of missionaries led by Guillermo. Donald has faith in Guillermo and when Guillermo meets Avery, he welcomes her into the group, even telling his cohorts to speak English to accommodate her. However, behind his benevolent nature, Guillermo has a deadly secret.

Avery hears a noise one night and unexpectedly finds Guillermo doing something he is not supposed to do and to make matters worse, Avery catches him in the act of murder. When Guillermo learns Avery has photographed him, he decides to frame Avery for the murder and convince his cohorts to go after her. Avery is now in the fight of her life as for the first time since doing her job as a photojournalist, she must deal with the dark side of her job.

This is quite an interesting film that may seem like a story of survival. While the film is a story of survival, it’s also about the dark side or rather facing the consequences of being a war photojournalist. The job involves being at times in constant danger or in the line of fire. Screenwriter Daniel Noah melded the action thriller with the potential consequences of being a photojournalist and adds a few twists and turns that drive the film.

However, the real drive of the film comes in the form of the two lead stars of the film. As photojournalist Avery, Zoë Bell starts out extremely happy as she is seen in the film’s opening proud of her work as she receives an award for her hard work. However, there lies something very interesting in her and throughout the film, we get to see her potential skeleton in the closet in different forms as she faces the consequences of her job in her fight for survival. We can see that Avery does know there are consequences for her job as she is seen during part of the opening credits in training.

Actor and filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo does quite well as the very devious Guillermo. Guillermo, like Avery, also has a skeleton in the closet. While Avery’s is slowly revealed throughout the film, Guillermo’s is more straightforward and it is his act that will shock viewers. In addition, he uses his leader skills to manipulate his cohorts in convincing them that Avery was the one who committed the murder and has them hunt her down. As if that’s not enough, when the big skeleton is revealed, it brings a sense of shock value almost as much as his turning point when he shows his true colors.

As mentioned, there are some pretty good action sequences in the film, courtesy of stunt coordinator Daniel Kim. Bell, a stunt performer in her own right, brings it in a major way as she fights to survive in the jungles. Her best fight scene involves a knife and throwdown with Guillermo’s cohort Alejo, played by Tenoch Huerta. To add intensity to this familiar scene, when Alejo gets the upper hand, he becomes somewhat of a showboat and gives a little bit of backstory about himself while showing his superior survival skills against Avery. However, Avery is determined to overcome any odds in front of her all in the name of clearing her name and survive a very hostile situation.

Camino is definitely a worthy thriller driven by Zoë Bell and Nacho Vigalondo’s performances as protagonist and antagonist. Interspersed with some pretty good action scenes in terms of brutality, this is definitely one film to check out.

WFG RATING: B

Bleiberg Entertainment presents a nOrganically Grown Production in association with La Panda. Director: Josh C. Waller. Producers: Josh C. Waller and Daniel Noah. Writers: Josh C. Waller and
Daniel Noah. Cinematography: Noah Greenberg. Editing: Brett W. Bachman.

Cast: Zoë Bell, Nacho Vigalondo, Francisco Barreiro, Sheila Vand, Tenoch Huerta, Dominic Rains, Nancy Gomez, Jason Canela, Kevin Pollak.

 

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