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centauro (Netflix) is a faithful remake of the 2017 French-Belgian action film titled burn out, so while the action is transferred to Barcelona, ​​the alignment is the same. When a former budding superbike racer is threatened by a Colombian drug ring, he becomes a high-speed courier to pay off her debts. centauro starring Alex Monner as a would-be superbiker who jumps over his head; Monner plays Felipe in Netflix’s spicy Spanish teen thriller. Elite.
Essence: When we first meet Rafa (Alex Monner), he’s resolutely striding down the pit stops of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, past the moorings of well-funded superbike teams, to his lone standalone Kawasaki Ninja. He is independent and that defines his hunger on the track. When his bike breaks down with two laps to go, Rafa is ready to chalk it up to bad luck and move on. But the owner of the team Regina (Patricia Vico) notices his tenacity and offers to try. This could be the turning point that allows Rafa to quit his job as a porter in Barcelona and finally prove to his ex Natalia (Begonia Vargas) that he is worthy of a relationship with her and their young son Mateo (Abraham Pérez). . Of course, in his house, the kitchen and bedroom share space with his superbike and naughty piles of tools and barrels of solvent. But Regina offers him a real future on the track.

Trouble shatters Rafa’s hopes when Natalia is leaned on by a gang of cartel-linked dealers operating in Barcelona. The drugs she hid for them were stolen, and if she doesn’t return the difference… well, Rafa promises to stand up to Carlos (Edgar Vittorino) and Boro (Carlos Bardem) and reach a compromise, even if his buddy Cortez (Semuni Dollar) who himself is a petty drug dealer, warns him. “They are sketchy, brother. Hispanics. Colombian”. Rafa can’t be persuaded, and that’s how he sits in the back of Boro’s van on the way to Marseille, where he’ll pick up a bag of goods and rush back to Barcelona, ​​with drug enforcement cops hot on his heels. If Rafa works for Carlos and Boro for two months, Natalya’s debt will be paid and he is free. Yes, right.

He lights a candle at both ends and in the middle, works as a courier all night, works at the port all day, and swallows pills to stay frosty enough not to crash and burn during one of Regina’s test runs. Rafa still wants to start his own superbike team. And he still wants to get back to full-time work with Natalia and Mateo. But the more he risks with the cartel guys and the surrounding law, the more Rafa’s stake in all of this becomes his very life.

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What movies does this remind you of? centauro is more or less a direct remake of the 2017 Franco-Belgian thriller. burn out, which also appears on Netflix. And while Rafa steps back and starts dealing drugs when that’s the only way to protect his loved ones, in the Spanish thriller sky highMiguel Erran from Elite uses his burgeoning life of crime to fuel an exciting new romance. Consider also Lost Bullet (2020), an entertaining French action thriller in which a savvy street driver joins forces with a highway patrol to chase down speeding drug-dealing criminals.

Show worth watching: Begoña Vargas is the highlight here as Natalia, who would love to raise Mateo alongside Rafa if he would just slow down and respect her for a second. And Vargas is in the middle of a winning streak on Netflix with a historical crime film. criminals and main pier Welcome to Eden.

Memorable dialogue: “Few riders are born to race,” says Regina Rafe on the training track of her superbike team. “Most improve their technique, but they lack that spark. My dad said you look like centaurs. But instead of hooves, you have wheels. That’s why you’re magical, that’s why you fly.”

Sex and skin: There is an intimacy scene between Rafa and Natalya as they rekindle their relationship.

Our opinion: From a thrilling introductory sequence on a superbike race track to Rafa’s wee hours, high-speed racing across two countries and miles of highway with cops chasing performance cars or their own bikes. centauro most convenient when he is on the move. Even later, as Carlos pursues the elusive Rafa through the heavy industry and cargo yards of Barcelona’s Franca Zone, the film remains captivated by its first love, speed. It’s also economical, running exactly one hour and thirty minutes. But all these leaps in such a short time do not leave much room for development, and centauro gets stuck in a neutral position when trying to outline the history of Rafa and Natalia together, or the feud between Carlos and Boro. This is a film made for speed, not drama. And that’s okay for what it ends up being.

Our call: AFTER. centauro joins a slew of recent action-thrillers coming out of Europe that feature fetishes of speed and noble goals in the face of crime.

Johnny Loftus is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicagoland. His work has been featured in The Village Voice, All Music Guide, Pitchfork Media and Nicki Swift. Follow him on Twitter: @glennganges

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