‘The Warning:’ Grisly murders and a mathematical puzzle

A scene from The Warning.
Updated 29 July 2018

‘The Warning:’ Grisly murders and a mathematical puzzle

  • Made in Spanish by Daniel Calparsoro, “The Warning” is Hollywoodish in feel and texture

CHENNAI, India: “The Warning” has been released on Netflix just after the streaming giant’s announcement that it will establish its first European hub in Madrid. This will serve as the home for Spanish-language original film and television content.

“The Warning,” made in Spanish by Daniel Calparsoro, is Hollywoodish in feel and texture. 

Paced at an incredible speed, and hopping about in time, the movie is a mathematical mystery which throws up complex questions but fails to answer them by the time the credits roll. 

On a rain-soaked night in Madrid, we see pill-popping Jon (Raul Arevalo), who is self-medicating for schizophrenia, waiting in his car for his best friend, David (Aitor Luna). After he arrives, the two drive to a 24-hour convenience store to pick up ice before planning to meet David’s girlfriend, Andrea (Belen Cuesta). David is all keyed up: He plans to take her to Paris and propose to her. But at the store, David gets shot and is critically wounded.

While David is in a coma fighting for his life, Jon finds out from old newspapers that strangely there have been murders at the same store at 10-year intervals. 

The reader follows along as he sets out to warn the next victim on a roller-coaster of a ride. It is, however, a tad predictable and while it keeps you guessing, it usually turns out that you may have guessed correctly.

“The Warning,” based on Paul Pen’s novel “El Aviso,” has enough suspense to keep us at the edge of our seats. Elegantly moving between the past and the present, and with some supreme performances, especially by Arbues, Calparsoro’s work presents a visually captivating account.

What We Are Reading Today: Outsiders by Lyndall Gordon

Updated 19 March 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Outsiders by Lyndall Gordon

  • Gordon’s passion for literature is evident on every page of her book

In Outsiders, Lyndall Gordon tells the stories of five novelists — Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf — and their famous novels.

The five writers are woven together in a narration across time, through their reading and sometimes as role models for one another. 

As a biographer, Gordon has been a visionary herself, mind-reading her way into these figures’ creative processes. 

Gordon’s passion for literature is evident on every page of her book.

The book is split into separate parts, each documenting the lives of the famous female writers.

It is clear throughout that Gordon is in awe of and intrigued by the ‘otherness’ of her subjects. 

“This book really makes one think about just what it takes to be a true ‘reformer’ or for that matter a writer,” said a review published in goodreads.com. 

“Gordon’s biographies have always shown the indelible connection between life and art: An intuitive, exciting and revealing approach that has been highly praised and much read and enjoyed,” it added.

Gordon (born Nov. 4, 1941) is a British-based writer and academic, known for her literary biographies. She is a senior research Fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.