Huracán Review

The pulsating debut film of promising director-producer Cassius Corrigan, Huracan is the story of an MMA fighter who has an infamous criminal history and a serious personality disorder who tries to make it to the top while fighting his own demons. The pitfalls of traditional manhood and the taboos of therapy are the result.

Corrigan's film is a look at the dangers of machismo and the mental state in a society that is which is not always willing to assistance.

Corrigan is all gorgeously elegant face and a quiet ache performs convincingly as Alonso the young Latinx man who seems to be struggling with the haze of life in America in the role of an ex-con. Based on the redemption tropes of the classic movies about boxing Corrigan provides a visual appeal to the familiar narrative by making use of a unique combination of widescreen and perspective-swapping leaps across the viewer's view. It's also a highly real-life film, with the terrifying appearance of UFC champion Jorge Masvidal and reaching a brutal, bloody conclusion with a huge fight in the Octagon. The film also manages to showcase what it means to be a part of the Latinx community of the working class of South Florida, with an attention to the nuances of culture, language and rituals for males.

As Alonso is thrown around in various institutions -from the prison system to therapy to the rigors that is the mixed martial arts gymand with a fervent determination and a shrewd awareness of the lack of choices in his life and those who live similar to his. Alonso is portrayed as neither a victim nor a monster as he sees male violence more as a reality of life rather than being a social problem that has a pearl-clutching. Corrigan's film is focused on the dangers of machismo as well as the mental state of a society that is a country that is often unable to help in the absence of helping yourself first. That's exactly what Alonso is trying to accomplish.

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