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Fugitiva Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Joaquín Oristrell
Review: Once the stage is set in the Spanish Netflix series, you will become slightly bemused at the destination; the party-pumping Benidorm. Fugitiva feels entirely like a different series when we arrive here, but the strength is that the danger is continuous, with the mother perilously paranoid by her fake captors, who have arranged an entirely new family life. Fugitiva lives on the notion that the children are less understanding than their mother, and as such, the issue of staying hidden in a highly populated Benidorm is not as easy as planned.
Of course, the bewildered and enraged husband wants to save his family initially and instructs a private investigator to find the whereabouts of his loved ones. As the story sets the scene, it is soon realised by his acquaintances that it was not kidnapping and the ransom is undoubtedly fake.
Alejandro is a man consumed by power, and the knowledge that he is not in control is apparent, resorting to rhetoric at his entourage early. His abusiveness comes to light, taking it out on the woman he has started an affair with, which we learn to no surprise. The real story of Fugitiva quickly unravels from episode one.
Fugitiva is a genuinely outstanding effort; it has its flaws. The scenarios presented can be a little heavy on the exposition, and it does feel a bit odd when the tone shifts from light to dark, especially when the children are partaking in out of bounds social activities despite the intense situation. The original Spanish series is a twisted opposite of Taken, which one of the characters slyly implies, and adds another formidable international series on the streaming platform.
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At the beginning of the first episode, we see the scene switch between Mexico City, where Magdalena “Magda” Escudero Pellicer (Paz Vega) lives with her kids, and Madrid, where her husband Alejandro Guzmán Estrada (Julio Bracho) is at a racetrack trying to close a deal to buy a major hotel chain.
That day, Magda and her twin daughters Paulina (Arantza Ruiz) and Claudia (Luisa Rubino), youngest son Rubén (Iván Pellicer) and an aide leave their palatial estate among a phalanx of security in tow. But they’re intercepted by a gang of kidnappers in wrestling masks; it’s an occurrence that happens all the time in Mexico City. Their SUV gets loaded into a tractor trailer and they’re ordered to change clothes. While Paulina and Claudia fight and the hearing-impaired Rubén panics, Magda tells all of them to play it calm and adapt to the situation, thinking these thugs won’t kill any of them.
Back in Madrid, Alejandro starts getting threatening videos of the kidnapping on his phone. He’s in shock, even though he knows that some of his business dealings are with people that aren’t on the up-and-up. His family is under increasing threat, as we see in a flashback from five months prior; despite increased security, Rubén is almost killed by a car bomb meant for his father. When Magda rightfully berates Alejandro about it at family dinner that night, he threatens to kill her out of earshot of their kids.
Then the tractor trailer pulls up in an abandoned drive-in in the country, and everybody loads into an RV driven by the supposed mastermind of this abduction, a man named Simón (Pedro Mari Sánchez), Magda tells her kids the truth. “This isn’t a kidnapping. It’s an escape.”
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