The Liberator: A Venezuelan Film Review

“Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered – it liberated.”

-The Liberator, 2014.

Hey guys, how are you all? I hope you are doing great. For today, I bring you a review about this Venezuelan (hurray!) film.

Released in the year 2014, it covers some of the travels of one of the most important historic figures of all time, and the most important in Venezuelan history: Simon Bolivar.

In terms of acting and costumes, the movie is excellent. There are no cases of those bold actors and neither there are of those over-actuated actors.

Music was done by Gustavo Dudamel, a brilliant Venezuelan composer. The thing is that Dudamel doesn’t have the experience of writing music for a long film. When he writes short themes, they are just magnificent, but this was not the case. You can easily hear this throughout the whole film. The music is pretty generic. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t good. It’s mediocre.

Now, about photography. This is one of the strongest points of Liberator. Directed by Xavi Giménez, through the movie we will see all kinds of landscapes from angles that help to contrast the beauty of nature. Beauty that still, nowadays, is alive in some parts of Venezuela.


The script made for Liberator by Timothy J. Sexton is good. It presents several historic flaws, but, still, it brings drama, and even comedy in some parts, to several historical happenings, things that Venezuelan films tried to do in the past, but… Pathetically failed.

Overall, Liberator is a pretty good movie. It will entertain you, while you learn a couple of things. And, as a Venezuelan, I cannot help but be proud that finally, after years and years of wait,  a film was able to transcend mediocrity.

Liberator gets a 6.9/10.

And this was all for today, I hope you liked it, and, until the next time we see, Darkaray, is out!


16. Venezuelan. Gamer since I was a child. Lover of J-RPG's and RTS games. Metalhead. Manga lover. My favorite game is Final Fantasy 9. My favorite band is Trivium. Also, I'm kinda addicted to Tetris.

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