A famous boxer retired after his finishing punch ended the life of his opponent. He is now living a quiet life. That is until his cousin comes to visit him. Now trouble is lining up outside of his door...
Director/writer Nicanor Loreti wrote the recently reviewed "Memory of the Dead", but with "Diablo" he switches gears completely. While it might be violent at times, it's far away from a horror movie. You're more likely to compare "Diablo" to the work of the Coen's, Tarantino or selected Asian crime/thriller directors than to "Evil Dead" or any other horror flick. Like with some of the mentioned names, what's most important about "Diablo" is that it doesn't take itself too seriously either.
Granted, "Diablo" doesn't impress with a depth of plot, but in its simplicity which strengthens the comedy. The very macho boxer Marcos quit boxing after he threw a death blow to his opponent, going from famous to infamous in just a matter of seconds. His life is different now. It's peaceful. He is looking forward to a date with his ex-girlfriend. His peaceful day filled with excitement is interrupted by his no-good cousin Huguito, who is not only visiting at an inappropriate time, but who has been up to.. you guessed it... no good. Soon the cousin's bullshit is knocking at the door, and Marcos is forced into stuff he doesn't have time for.
"Diablo" is another crime movie where you throw a character into a horrible situation, but luckily it's not about a man's descent into the world of crime. No, not at all. This is still about Marcos just wanting to be left alone and go on his date! And a lot of the comedy comes from that fact, as well as from the brutality in some of the scenes. It's a great contrast, and one "aftermath" scene in particular could just as well have been found in the darkest and most brutal of thrillers. But no, it's in "Diablo", an unexpectedly funny little flick from Argentina.
I don't want to go into the movie too deep, since there isn't too much to dissect. It's absurd and funny - actually had me laughing loud a few times - but the plot is rather thin. It's okay that it is, but it makes it hard to go on at length about. I highly recommend "Diablo" to anyone who wants to have a laugh or two at many of the unfortunate but hilarious situations that Marcos fall into in his nice little home. It's not the most original film, but I had a really good time watching it.