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Velociraptor

by Dale Reynolds
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Dec 31, 2015
Velociraptor

An interesting study of gay/straight relationships and how blurry the borders can become, Mexican director/writer Chucho E. Quintero, and his talented cast, explore in a sci-fi scenario of an impending apocalypse - never explained - how gay Álex (Pablo Mezz) and his straight best friend, Diego (Carlos Hendrick Huber), manage to play out this friendship to include a tentative sexual tryst, strengthening their bond of intimacy amid an uncertain future.

The storyline is well-handled by Quintero, although putting his duo into a stressful situation where in humankind or just La Ciudad, are in danger of some kind of annihilation without explaining just how close they might be to instant death, robs his film of a specific tension. (This relates to tales of same-gender exploration during World War II, when one might just as well have forbidden sex since we might be blown up in an hour's time, leading to the amusing quip, "There are no heterosexuals in a foxhole.")

But Quintero is definitely onto something here, about the power of attraction that transcends sexual orientation. The two lead actors certainly hit all their intellectual and emotional marks in laying out who these two young men are and what this essential emotional pull towards each other is. Both young men, naturally, are easy on the eyes and although Quintero pulls his punches with careful scraps of nudity, the crucial truths of their closeness is laid out for us.

The storyline is well-handled by Quintero, although putting his duo into a stressful situation where-in humankind or just La Ciudad are in danger of some kind of annihilation without explaining just how close they might be to instant death robs his film o

Huber, in his first leading film role, is a natural, handsome with an average look and body-type, fully able to play off the character's fear of trying something new, as well as acknowledging his love for his closest friend. Mezz, too, brings a sharp analysis of Álex's sexual and emotional desires for his friend, but also very much aware of what might be broken if he purses Diego too fervently. The jocular man/boy energy both actors bring to the project is intriguing and holds our interest.

Now, why the apocalyptic surroundings to the story - which are not fully explained or explored - remains something of a mystery. The tensions inherent in this kind of story would have been strong enough to sustain interest, and certainly for those of we who are into end-of-world scenarios, would have deepened our curiosity in their story.

Shot in Mexico City, Daniel M. Torres' cinematography - of the city teeming with traffic, as well as the more intimate moments between the two wandering lads - lends a large measure of credibility to the film, as does Quintero's editing skills. Irina Miroslava's production design is also attractive.

"Velociraptor"
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