Carlos (Juan Manuel Azcona) and Santiago (Ahcitz Azcona) are father and son who live a comfortable life in Mexico. They have a nice house and a loving family, so they don’t really expect anything bad to happen to them any time soon.
Then one day, Carlos picks up the phone and is threatened by the man on the other side. However, Carlos thinks that it’s a prank call so he hangs up and goes about his day.
A while later, Carlos picks up the phone again and it’s the same man demanding money in return for protection from the cartel that have targeted his house. Carlos tells his son about the phone call and reassures him that there’s nothing to worry about as it’s just a scam. However, when Santiago picks up the phone, he takes the threats a little more seriously and an overwhelming paranoia sets in.
The Inevitable Death of The Crab (or La Inevitable Muerte del Cangrejo in the original Spanish) is a suspenseful crime drama written, directed by and co-starring Ahcitz Azcona. Set in Mexico, it turns the stories of evil Mexican crime lords around in order to talk about the victims.
Fully aware of the stereotypes portrayed by the media, Ahcitz Azcona’s script attempts to do things in a more realistic and less glamorised way which often shows the bravado of men in power. However, it does not shy away from the fact that as with the rest of the world, crime does still exist in Mexico and it could happen to anyone.
What starts out at first as something that could be brushed off as a fake call soon turns into a drama that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Although not even making the 90-minute mark, Azcona manages to squeeze in everything that needs to be told in the script which make it feel like a full-length feature.
That’s not to say the pacing is slow, but it may surprise some audience members as to how little an amount of time has passed as they’ve been leaning in to watch what happens. The Inevitable Death of The Crab has something to say about how Mexico is depicted on screen and does it in an engaging way which slowly unfolds its story, keeping its audience guessing right up until the very last minute.
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