Netflix has been in a streak lately. It has been regularly churning out original content from all over the world. Several of its films have gained massive popularity, such as the action thriller Extraction and horror mystery Bird Box, while the others are critically acclaimed and won several awards, such as Roma and The Irishman.
With the availability of Netflix in most parts of the world, Netflix also keeps diversifying its content to match the demand of each country. Netflix Spain, in particular, has gained much attention due to its massively popular heist drama La Casa De Papel/Money Heist and teen drama Elite. On 28 August 2020, Netflix released a murder mystery film, Unknown Origins.
Unknown Origins tells the story of Cosme, a seasoned detective who has to works on a case about a serial killer. The killer murders his victim by recreating the scenes of comic book superheroes. With the help of inspector David Valentin and his comic book obsessed son Jorge Elias, they have to navigate a series of bizarre murders (and comic books) to catch the killer.
Unknown Origins is an entertaining (and gory) movie to watch. The gore is frequently present and gripping, so if you cannot stand blood, it is not a movie for you. The comedy is also fun to watch, and some of the jokes work well in the film. The mix of comedy and gore might be jarring for some, but it necessarily won’t be a turnoff due to the silliness of the story. It is also refreshing to see a film tries to mix the genres of crime thriller and superhero.
The weakness of it is its storytelling. The mystery indeed works to its favor, but the writing can somewhat feel clunky, the ending and resolution don’t stick to the landing and feel quite unsatisfying.
However, this does not really matter because it wants to sell the journey of the characters and their humor anyway, not refined storytelling. The performance of the cast is good at selling the jokes.
In conclusion, Unknown Origins is worthy of your time if you’re looking for a unique experience of bloody thrill and charming humor. If you’re looking for deeper and more nuanced detective thriller like Se7en of Prisoners or does not want to see over-the-top gore, this movie is not for you. It is fun, bloody entertaining (pun intended), and filled with superhero jokes and the chemistry of the cast.