Sergio (2020)

Directed by Greg Barker

Starring Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Garrett Dillahunt

Looking for original films by Netflix I saw this film and although I did not know what was it about, I recognized the actor and decided to see it. The film is a biographical film by a man who worked in the United Nations. It is based on true events and after watching the film I was glad to read that the film stood at actual events and that it was really faithful to what actually happened in his life.

The movie tells the story of Sergio Vieira de Mello who worked for the United Nations and he fought for a lot of humanitarian causes, like clearing land mines, and he was a transitional administrator. He is sent to Iraq to help them establish a government after Hussein was taken down. The film tells Sergio’s story through a series of flashbacks while he is waiting to be rescued after the UN headquarters was bombed.

To be honest, I never heard of Sergio but upon seeing real footage of him and reading about him, it seems he did good work for the benefit of many people. The movie reminded me of the Oliver Stone film World Trade Center as he is stuck in the rubble waiting to be saved. My reaction to the film is one of sadness and frustration regarding terrorism in any way, it is not always done by bombs. The film itself, I have to say it is very well written and directed. For me, it was confusing at times because they jumped a lot through time, but they tell the story effectively and it brings to light Sergio’s achievements. He was not a perfect character, there were decisions that I questioned, but that makes it a better character to see on film.

Wagner Moura is a great actor. He brilliantly played Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series Narcos. Here he plays the opposite of Pablo in Sergio, a man who dedicated his life to fighting for human rights. Ana de Armas who played Carolina, his girlfriend, also was very good in the film.

This film I have not heard much about it, it was released on April 17th, 2020 so it is relatively new and it was a good film. I recommend it, it is a good story to know and if you are like me it will motivate you to look for more information about Sergio and the event.

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