• City of Gardens (2012)

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Release Date: 2012

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary
A young surfer from California is forced to grow up in a hurry when he is thrown into a Peruvian prison in 1980.

Cast: Deborah Kara Unger, Óscar Carrillo, Nick Machado, John Robinson, Michael DeLorenzo, Alex Meraz, Johnny Lewis, Grant Bowler

Director: Camilo Vila

Genres: Drama, Action

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  • On every level this production - from Robinson's callow performance to Vila's hackneyed handheld camerawork, punching beats in the stead of the actors - remains firmly on the level of the obvious. show more

  • Setting his fact-based tale on the eve of democratic elections in 1980 Peru, Vila tends to err on the side of melodrama whenever possible, and John Robinson's lead performance offers no end of privileged American naivete. But the characters are solid and the action sound. show more

  • Unable to shape these events into a dramatic structure, the director, Camilo Vila, resorts to a meandering tale of random indignities suffered by a lead so bland he comes across less as principled than as stupendously naïve. show more

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