Cell 211 (Zeitgeist), a volatile thriller from Spain about a young guard trapped in the midst of a prison riot, is already being looked at by Hollywood for remake potential. Make a point of seeing the superb original, which is visceral and intelligent, with layers of political complexities (both national and internal) and a touchy buddy story at the center.
Alberto Ammann stars as the guard who, on tour of the prison before he even begins his job, is trapped behind enemy lines when a well-planned riot led by a dangerous but principled lifer (Luis Tosar) takes control of the main block. The guard has to pose as one of the inmates to survive the ordeal, dangerous enough under normal circumstances but even more nerve-wracking in a situation on the verge of exploding into violence at any turn. After all, a riot is great cover for a murder or two.