BELOW ZERO (2021) Reviews and overview of Netflix action crime thriller hit

 

 

Below Zero is a 2021 Spanish action crime thriller about a police officer assigned to a prison van transporting a host of criminals.

Directed by Lluís Quílez from a screenplay co-written with  Fernando Navarro, the movie stars Javier Gutiérrez, Karra Elejalde, Luis Callejo and Andrés Gertrúdix.

Plot:

Police officer Martin (Javier Gutiérrez) is assigned to drive a prisoner transport van. Unfortunately for him, things start to go awry almost immediately. There’s a shadowy figure tailing the truck and not all of the prisoners are who they seem to be…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“This is not an exceptional movie, but it’s a pretty good one in the action crime genre, if less so from a character point of view. It’s effective, it’s tense, it’s nothing new but it’s well-executed, and it’s playing on Netflix right now for your convenience.” @ssholes Watching Movies

“Taking place almost entirely across the murky stretch of one cold night, Below Zero builds a strong sense of foreboding from the beginning […] With its white-knuckle sense of atmosphere and ever-dwindling list of who’s still breathing, Below Zero builds to its climax with a bead drawn on desperation.” Brights Hub

Below Zero isn’t nonstop action, but it is nonstop adrenaline. The characters are fighting to survive. They will face many obstacles to have a chance at another day. Below Zero had me on the edge. I was invested with the story, and I can’t help but highly recommend you watch.” Bulletproof Action

“From the lighting to the snow, it just felt like a studio recording in all those cringey ways. Then again, this is such a small thing that I won’t hold it against the movie. It’s just that with a title like Below Zero, you’d expect the scenes in the snow and cold to be a priority. Personally, I would still recommend that you check out Below Zero if you enjoy crime-thrillers that keep the suspense and tension going.” Heaven of Horror

“The movie looks great and the production quality is good as well. It’s an entertaining one-time watch if you’re looking for good action.” Leisure Byte

Below Zero flirts with character depth and shocking brutality but doesn’t go all-in on either. The result is dark, pulpy fun that feels like it should get around to pulling off something truly audacious, but never does.” One Room with a View

Below Zero has Con Air written all over it, but a lack of personality and charm holds it back. Instead, it travels a well-worn road with a few bumps, but just about gets where it’s going.” Ready Steady Cut

“Netflix movie Below Zero is armed with some nice action set pieces but feels far too stretched out for the story it’s trying to tell. The third act, in particular, is stretched out and loses some of that initial tension some prevalent early on. Yes, it is a little silly, a little nonsensical and very much influenced by what’s come before, but there’s enough here to recommend nonetheless.” The Review Geek

“What we end up with is a film that is pretty good for two-thirds of the way, a great and engaging thriller for fans of the genre, but that ultimately lets you down in the closing act with a below-average ending. But in my opinion, the excellent build-up and suspense make this film worth watching, even if I don’t like the conclusion.” Trailer Trashed

Release:

Streaming on Netflix from January 29th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Javier Gutiérrez … Martín
Karra Elejalde … Miguel
Luis Callejo … Ramis
Andrés Gertrúdix … Golum
Isak Férriz … Montesinos
Édgar Vittorino … Rei
Miquel Gelabert … Pardo
Florin Opritescu … Mihai
Àlex Monner … Chino
Patrick Criado … Nano
Carla Chiorazzo … Bárbara
Eva Manjón … Elena
Ángel Solo … Older Policeman
Marc Padró … Younger Policeman
Jon Rod … Official

Filming locations:

Madrid, Spain
Segovia, Spain
Tobes, Guadalajara, Spain (empty town scenes)

Filming dates:

8th February 2019 to 4th April 2019

Technical details:

106 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Original title:

Bajocero “Below Zero”

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