Detective Alex Scott and his partner Sergio Perez (Christian Camargo and Carlos Leon, respectfully) are in for more than they bargained for when they are task with solving the murders of several children in their New York neighborhood in the film The Cry (2007). Written and directed by Bernadino Santistevan (co-written by Monique Salazar) this is a film that focus’ on the urban legend of La Llorona, “the weeping woman.” The legend of La Llorona is of Hispanic origins about a woman that drowns her own child in order to be with the man she loves. It doesn’t turn out like she expected.
In the film Det. Scott and Perez are up against this urban legend who is killing children in search of the reincarnation of her own child and she won’t stop until she gets what she wants. The plot is very simple but the execution is haphazard and unfocused edited in a style that is both trying to be disorientating and groundbreaking (like an art film) but is hampered by uninteresting characters that are your “typical” cops. There is nothing to distinguish this police procedural from any of the others.
The film has a great concept but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. This is mostly due to the independent film roots which the film can’t seem to hide or overcome. This being said, if you’ve never seen a film on the urban legend of La Llorona then this is not an entirely bad place to start.