Part 2 of director Steven Soderbergh's Che Guevara saga begins with the famed Cuban revolutionary at the absolute peak of his fame and power. Disappearing suddenly, Guevara subsequently resurfaces in Bolivia to organize a modest group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits in preparation for the Latin American Revolution. But while the Bolivian campaign would ultimately fail, the tenacity, sacrifice, and idealism displayed by Guevara during this period would make him a symbol of heroism to followers around the world. Though Parts 1 and 2 were screened together at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, they were set to be released separately in U.S. theaters in early 2009. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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I love this documentary although part 1 made me understand why he is idolozie or romatized as a hero of the people. I do wish the Bolivian campaign was explain a little more because I didn't get why he needed to be there or if Castro asked him to.
The acting in this movie was superb, but the narrative really sugar-coats Guevara's and Castro's ruthlessness. Che himself executed many middle class Cubans on the way to Havana (never even hinted at in the film), even when they assisted the revolutionaries. His role in the Cuban intervention in Angola is not covered at all in the film-- Castro knew that Che was a threat. It goes to rounding out the complexity of the character- while on the march in Cuba, Che NEVER bathed or washed his clothes, even when the opportunity presented. His men called him 'el chancho' (the pig). If you really want to get a balanced view of this important man, don't rely only on this movie for the truth. I'd highly recommend Motorcycle Diaries to understand his early years and how he morphed from a gentle Argentine med student to a revolutionary terrorist. And there are several books that deal with a balance of the good AND the evil in the man.