‘La Dosis’ Review: Dictating Death

From its first scene, “La Dosis” makes it clear that its taciturn protagonist, a nurse named Marcos (Carlos Portaluppi), privileges his personal morals over skilled decorum. Despite protests from docs, he violates protocol to convey a flatlining affected person again to life. The movie quickly muddles this choice, making its personal story puzzlingly opaque.

After saving that affected person, Marcos decides to euthanize her as a result of he disagrees with the docs’ therapy plan, which leaves her weak to demise by an infection. This just isn’t the primary — nor final — time Marcos tries to place a affected person out of their distress. When a mysterious new nurse, Gabriel (Ignacio Rogers), arrives, it appears he could expose Marcos’s misdeeds. Instead, his conduct excuses them in contrast. Gabriel is nearly cartoonishly psychotic: He gleefully kills sufferers and tries to sexually assault the only real feminine nurse of their ward. Though Marcos may be accused of taking part in God, subsequent to Gabriel he seems to be like an angel.

While zeroing in on these characters’ actions might have made for tense drama, “La Dosis” has an excessive amount of else on its thoughts. The movie shortly buries itself in a mountain of half-addressed complexities. Marcos has to seek for new housing as a result of his accomplice lately left him, however we be taught nothing about that relationship. Though Gabriel tries to seduce Marcos — together with by taking him to a homosexual bar — it’s unclear if Marcos even dates males. “La Dosis” raises many such points and performs out none of them, making for a frustratingly imprecise watch.

“La Dosis” harms itself by refusing lucidity. What must be a razor’s edge rivalry performs extra like a hamstrung thriller.

La Dosis
Not rated. In Spanish, with subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 33 minutes. Available to lease or purchase on Google Play, FandangoNow and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.