State of Siege

Director: Costa-Gavras
Year Released: 1972
Rating: 3.0

In impoverished and oppressive Uruguay - which was essentially a police state in the late 60's/early 70's - an urban guerrilla group called the Tupamaros kidnap American "public safety advisor" Philip Michael Santore (Yves Montand) and demand the release of one hundred and fifty political prisoners in exchange ... except things don't go as planned and Santore gets murdered.  It's based on a true story - Montand's character is essentially Daniel Mitrione, who worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and allegedly trained Uruguayan officers various methods of torture - and, while methodically and deliberately plotted out on a day-to-day basis (perhaps a little too coldly), Costa-Gavras appears to privilege the Marxist-Leninist terrorists over the government officials when they weren't exactly saints themselves and notorious for their bank robberies, bombings and assassinations.  That quibble aside, the mood is quite intense and it's important as a reminder of the horrific actions of the U.S. in Latin America ... and that the USAID still exists and has a 27 billion dollar budget.  Sorry world, etc.