Che Part One (2008)


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Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir

An amazing piece of film making. It tells the story of the revolutionary figure Che Guevera. The first of two parts this one deals with the initial uprising he masterminds under the command of Fidel Castro in Cuba. The two initially meet at a dinner party and realise they have similar goals for the future of Cuba. Castro is the general, the man in the public eye giving speeches and Che Guevara is the man in the field organising and training the troops.

At the time Cuba was ruled with an iron fist and the majority of the population lived in poverty with no access to education or hospitals. Che started an uprising within the poor communities to fight for their rights, in a bid to unify everyone and treat all people the same. They were seen as extremely dangerous and a communist threat by the ruling government and the nearby US. Gathering support along their way, they soon become a force to be reckoned with. Che’s speech at the United Nations was the highlight for me.

It is clearly a very well researched film and the attention to detail is excellent. Its very believable as a portrait of those difficult times in South America.

A first class performance from Benicio Del Toro. If there was one man made to play this role – it is Del Toro. I have waited all my life for a decent film about Mr Ernesto Che Guevara and this has delivered on all levels. Its even got 2 parts!

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Peter Buchman, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

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