Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s debut film “Amores Perros” captures Hollywood’s attention from the very first scene. The opening confrontation jumps directly into a car chase, with a bleeding dog in the back and bullets being shot through the streets of Mexico City. Although this film was not intended for outstanding car chases, Inarritu does an excellent job fooling the average movie goer by grabbing his attention early and keeping him captivated by curiosity.
As the chase ensues, it’s soon brought to a screeching holt when Octavio’s car collides with another car coming from the cross street ahead of him. This is where the movie begins with one of three story lines all surrounding this car crash. This wreck changes the lives of all the lead characters.
The first story line involves Octavio and Susana. Octavio is in love with his no-good brother’s wife. We first see Susana walking home in a school girl’s outfit; she rushes inside to comfort her crying son, and proceeds to tell her mom about upcoming tests that need to be studied for. Throughout this scene the main focus is the starring between Octavio and Susana. Octavio makes it obvious that he wants Susana to lead a better life—with him in it and his brother Ramiro out of the picture.
The film goes on with dog fighting as a main part of the story. Octavio finds out that his dog Cofi can take on any dog and win. So he puts Cofi up on the dog fighting ring to earn money for Octavio. He shares the winnings with Susana to help with her infant son. Throughout the dog fights, Inarritu would show bits and pieces of the fight but would always emphasize the faces and reactions of the owners. Seeing humans respond to the yelping dogs that are being killed for entertainment provides an insight into how Inarritu views the heartlessness of mankind.
The second story line involves Daniel and Valeria. Daniel is a successful business and family man. He has a daughter and wife who he leaves for a young model...