Benicio Del Toros arguably soulful performance as Ernesto Che Guevara, the worlds most emblematic revolutionary, gets lost in the shuffle in Part One of filmmaker Steven Soderberghs lengthy two-part action character study, which skips forward, in Part Two, to Ches futile, frustrating, fatal attempt to do the same thing for Bolivia that he did for Cuba in 1957. The Cuban half tries for fly-on-the-wall docudrama alongside Che, Fidel Castro (Demián Bichir), and their comrades as they battle through the Cuban mountains and jungles toward victory. That triumph seems deflated in bone-weary Part Two. As Che puts it: The revolution was not popular. Director Soderbergh and writer Peter Buchmans strategy, integrity-filled as it may be (they adapted Ches diaries), has the effect of dampening Ches skyrocket. The revolution seems bigger than the man himself. He somehow seems to deserve better. Also with Santiago Cabrera, Julia Ormond, Franka Potente, Edgar Ramirez, and Unax Ugalde (Part One, 129 min.; Part Two, 128 min).
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Peter Buchman and Benjamin A. van der Veen
Producer: Laura Bickford
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, DemiÃ¡n Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Catalina Sandino Moreno, MarÃa D. Sosa, RaÃºl BeltrÃ¡n, RaÃºl 'PitÃn' GÃ³mez, Paty M. Bellott, Othello Rensoli and Franka Potente