Intuition

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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So-so subtitled crime thriller has language, violence.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 116 minutes

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Positive Messages

Nothing is as it seems. Motive alone does not make a murderer. Justice is for the living.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Juanez is a dedicated detective who doesn't care what others think about him.

Violence

A body that was stabbed is shown. A man takes a few steps with a knife in his abdomen. People shoot at each other. A man is blackmailed using photos showing him in compromising sexual positions with two women. A bicyclist is deliberately hit and killed by a driver. A shooting results in an accidental killing.

Sex

Blackmail photos of a presumably married man show him sexually cavorting with two women. Sex workers are seen on the street soliciting customers.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and "balls."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol. A man takes medication for an illness. A prostitute offers to make a connection to a drug dealer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Intuition (La Corazonada) is a Spanish language (with English subtitles) police procedural in which a respected homicide detective is suspected of committing a retaliatory murder. A stabbed body is seen. A large blood stain is left on her mattress. A man is seen with a knife sticking out of his abdomen and he later dies. Cops and gang members shoot it out, resulting in deaths. A youth on a bicycle is deliberately hit and killed by a car. References are made to an accidental fatal shooting. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and "balls." Blackmail photos of a presumably married man show him sexually cavorting with two women. Sex workers are seen on the street soliciting customers. Adults drink alcohol. A man takes medication for an illness. A prostitute offers to make a connection to a drug dealer.

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What's the story?

INTUITION is a police procedural in which Juanez (Joaquin Furriel), a respected homicide detective, is suspected of committing a retaliatory murder, even though no evidence points in his direction. The DA (Rafael Ferro) secretly puts a rookie investigator named Pipa (Luisana Lopilato) on the case, but the evidence suggests the detective's innocence, a conclusion that doesn't please the DA. The investigation into Juanez does, however, expose corruption at the top of local law enforcement. At the same time, Juanez is investigating the murder of a young heiress whose family is exerting pressure for a quick arrest, putting further pressure on the DA. 

Is it any good?

With a number of plot twists and turns, on paper Intuition sounds like it might be an absorbing take on the kind of all-too-familiar crime investigations widely available on television. But the marked lack of character development here makes this far less engaging than an average episode of Law & Order. The opening minutes are so confusing that the director cuts to a TV news report to explain the first 14 minutes of action. None of the characters ever come alive in the director's plodding devotion to getting from one ordinary moment to the next. Good performances by Furriel and Lopilato are the only assets that keeps this interesting.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship issues. Does Intuition realistically depict how friends can drift apart when their economic situations are different? If so, how?

  • How do the police investigations depicted here differ from those seen on television shows? Does this differ enough to make the story seem worthy of a full-length movie? Why?

  • What are some of the ways the movie tells us who is a good guy and who is a bad guy?

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