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Toronto Film Review: 'The Liberator'
"The Liberator" is an impressively scaled chronicle of the life and times of Simon Bolivar, hero of South American anti-colonialist struggles in the early 19th century. This latest collaboration between "Carlos" star Edgar Ramirez and Venezuelan director Alberto Arvelo (following "Cyrano Fernandez") is a respectable, sprawling endeavor that covers nearly three decades of tumultuous events. Yet it lacks that essential spark that would turn it into a great biopic rather than a competent one, and make history seem alive rather than merely illustrated. The purported $50 million indie production is a guaranteed classroom perennial, though its immediate global B.O. prospects are harder to predict.
September 19, 2013