Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.
UNDER PRESSURE is not really a film but two episodes of the series out of a total of 9. From the 2 episodes, UNDER PRESSURE looks like a soap opera happening in the hospital where the staff all interact with each other in one way or other, including romance and conflict.
The main character is the overworked Dr. Evandro who is the chief surgeon and goes above and beyond his means to save patients in the overcrowded hospital in Rio de Janeiro. He has an affair with Dr. Carolina (Marjorie Estiano) while stealing medication to satisfy his drug habit.
In the midst of all this, the ambulance would pull in at regular intervals with an assortment of emergencies that includes a girl who has popped in too many pills or a kid that choked on candy. As expected, there is more to it. The girl is being abused by the dad and the candy is in fact wrapped up blow.
While all the actors do their best to demonstrate chaos in the hospital, the film looks too set-up with the drama too sentimental. After watching Dr. Evandro tend to an assortment of emergencies, the drama wears down just like an anaesthetic.