DIRECTED BY: Steven Soderbergh
STARS: Benicio Del Toro, Franke Potente


A four-and-a-half hour long epic combining Soderbergh's Guerilla and The Revolutionary, Che looks at the life of Che Guevara (played by Benicio Del Toro). The first half examines Che's role in the Cuban revolution; the second, his later-life failed attempt to inspire similar events in Bolivia. With a supporting cast including Franke Potente, Lou Diamond Phillips, Benjamin Bratt and Julia Ormond, and shot with high-resolution digital cameras, Soderbergh's two Che films promise an intriguing take on the traditional bio-pic, as the life and times of a wildly controversial figure are brought to the big screen by one of our most talented directors.


Well, it's Soderbergh and Del Toro tackling a complicated topic; the last time that happened, with Traffic, the end result was fairly impressive. Add in the epic length, the possibilities offered by the use of high-definition video -- it's nearly impossible to imagine these films getting made with the cost dynamics of film -- add the on-screen presence of Del Toro, and you've got a series of elements that are guaranteed to get film fanatics ready, willing and excited to sit down for 278 minutes of storytelling about a revolutionary in the hope of enjoying some revolutionary storytelling.

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