Che Part Two: The Guerilla

Year: 2009
Production Co: Laura Bickford Productions
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Benicio Del Toro/Laura Bickford
Writer: Peter Buchman
Cast: Benicio Del Toro

The second part of Soderbergh's magnus opus isn't as successful or engaging as Che Part One: The Argentine. Part of the reason is because much of Che's post-Cuba life was, while politically charged and dramatic, not very cinematically varied.

And without breaking up the constant action with his 1964 UN speech (or something similar) of the first film, Che Part 2 starts to feel by no means boring but certainly longer.

After skipping out of a presumably cushy job as Cuba's trade minister, Guevara changes his look so he can slip into Bolivia unnoticed and start another revolution against an uncaring, pompous leadership.

He uses the same modus operandi he did in Cuba and later The Congo, rallying peasants from the jungles and trying to build an army to rise up. His undoing in Bolivia was because of two problems. First, the Bolivian people didn't trust outsiders like the Cuban people did, and Che's revolutionary fervour never really caught on except among small bands.

Second, there were too many business interests in South America for the US to ignore, and when the Bolivian government requested (and got) US military aid in routing him out, Che and his rebels never stood a chance. With their numbers depleted and fighting sickness and exhaustion, they finally succumbed when Che was captured in battle, his final (and famous) fate sealed.

Del Toro, Soderbergh and the unknown cast are on the top of their game once again, but while it's historically fascinating and worth seeing, there's something missing for it to be a great movie.

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