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:: Che Part Two: Guerilla

With the four hour plus movie divided into two, the second part of Che goes in a different direction to the first. The film tracks the slow and bloody decline in Che Guevara's fortunes as he tries to export his politics to Bolivia. The film can be viewed as more digestible and even educational.

There are some beautiful moments where Soderbergh pulls back from the action to show Che as a man hungry – almost, as the ending hints, to the detriment of his mental health – to right the world’s ills. Soderbergh is clearly sympathetic to Che, but he steers well clear of absolute bias. The doctor-soldier is neither a hero nor a saint.

Benicio Del Toro again does a marvellous job in bringing the character of Che Guevara to the fore. But there is a harsh and rough intensity as we observe the losing battles as the US-trained Bolivian special forces become predators and not the prey.

One thing still. Che's character shows intelligence, cruelty and intolerance. Yet Soderbergh keeps dodging the human side of Che. It's a very brave effort to not delve into the psyche in a long film. It's also ironic that when Che finally reaches the end of his revolutionary road, Soderbergh shoots him in close-up for the first time.

Overall, the film is well shot, capturing the force of the man in the ending, which is shot from Che's point of view. Che Part Two offers some frustration but is generally fascinating.

DVD Extras

Interview with composer Alberto Iglesias
Interview with Che Guevara expert Jon Lee Anderson
Theatrical trailer