Perez, Paul Calderon, Denise Quiñones, Juan Fernandez
I recently had the chance to check out the Dominican film “La
Soga” (available on Netflix) Directed by Josh Cook and
starring and written by Manny Perez.
When I went to Dominican Republic on February I heard about
the movie pretty much as soon as I landed. The first gas
station we hit on the way to La Vega had bootleggers pushing
the movie still that had been released in 2010. When I asked
my cousin what La Soga was about she replied “Some movie about
a Drug dealer that lived here”… And that was that.
The Actual plot of La Soga movie is a bit more complex than
The movie starts off with a chase scene in Santiago D.R.,
where the main character Luisito “La Soga” and his partner are
in chase of a man, shotgun out, in plain sight of everyone
amidst whispers of ”That’s La Soga”, to establish the
legendary status this character had already developed.
When they catch said man, they confront him with some cocaine
that belongs to him, and in front of everyone make an example
of what gets done to people who dare sell drugs in that
You quickly realize La Soga is not a criminal, he is a hired
gun, a bounty hunter if you will who works with the Police
force in the Dominican Republic doing their dirty work behind
the scenes. You also quickly realize that La soga does not
just chase any criminals, specifically what he is hired to do
is to terminate Dominicans who have been deported back to
their homeland due to crimes committed in the United states,
and who are contaminating the area with drugs and crime.
The movie continues to explain how Luisito got to the place he
is in now.
Communicating the story through flashbacks of when he was a
young kid and saw his Father killed by drug dealers who were
in his neighborhood from Washington Heights N.Y. This hatred
he grew for the drugs dealers made him an easy target to
manipulate by the General, who gave Luisito as a child the
opportunity to kill the cousin of the man who had killed his
Father, promising to one day deliver to him the actual
assassin himself, as long as he continued to do what they told
And thus the story goes, as he keeps on doing the dirty work
his conscience starts to get in the way, and this is expanded
when a childhood female friend returns to his life and gives
him even more reason to want to leave that life behind.
Eventually Lusito does meet up with the killer of his Father
face to face. What happens then I won’t spoil for you, just
know the plot thickens and some things that you think to be
true aren’t what they appeared to be.
The writing of this movie is fantastic
The language is extremely authentic to the culture. Towards
the start of the film, Luisito as a child is getting teased
for not wanting to kill a pig, The kid ridicules Luisito in
such a genuinely crafted Dominican style that it made me
reminisce of my time growing up there.
There are a lot of visual cues and imagery used to prove
points through-out the movie. Some of the references are too
subtle to catch on the first pass, others a bit more
pronounced like the use of pigs through the film to illustrate
his first kill, and perhaps the loss of his innocence. This
theme follows the movie up to Luisito’s last kill, making the
connection from the start to the end.
The film has some famous cameos on it too that are fun to
look-out Like Henry Santos from Aventura and Coco Cabrera from
the radio station La Mega 97.9FM among others. It was filmed
in Washington Heights N.Y. and Santiago D.R. near Manny
Perez’s old neighborhood. It’s a must see!