Netflix UK / VOD film review: Everybody Has a Plan
James R | On 24, Sep 2013
Director: Ana Piterbarg
Cast: Viggo Mortensen
Watch online: Netflix UK, blinkbox, iTunes, Film 4oD, Virgin Movies on Demand
You may disagree with the title of Ana Piterbarg’s film after watching it. It doesn’t so much have a plan as scribbles something on a napkin and then throws it out the window.
Agustin (Mortensen) is a doctor who slips into depression when a plan to adopt a child with his wife goes awry. Soon after, his dodgy brother Pedro (also Mortensen) visits from a backwater home in Buenos Aires, bringing with him a chesty cough, word of kidnappings and handsome ransom money. That’s when Agustin has an idea.
Quick as a flash, he takes Pedro’s wooly hat and fled for the hills. What follows is two hours of tedium as he attempts to steal his brother’s life. He sleeps with a local shopkeeper, does a bit of beekeeping and even pretends to have the same cold. It sounds interesting, sure, but it isn’t. Everything ambles aimlessly along, never progressing the plot or surprising us with ideas. The only mystery you’re left with is why Agustin is doing this in the first place; despite Mortensen’s incredibly versatile presence, Agustin doesn’t seem bothered about finding out either.
There’s a lot of beautiful, moody landscape on display and some fun in seeing him play the twin roles, but even that’s short-lived. Everybody Has a Plan – but the one for this film got lost a long time ago.