Continuing through Álex de la Iglesia’s films to his bag-of-money snake-pit La comunidad/Common Wealth. Restrained compared to his previous films yet just as zany in its own way, this is a darkly-comic Hitchcockian thriller full of violent schemes.
de la Iglesia cultivates an entire building’s worth of odd connivers, bloody slapstick, taut tension, and Darth Vader. Carmen Maura’s sly real estate agent finds a fortune hidden in an apartment and soon realizes all the neighbors had been planning to take the loot for themselves. Shrewd countermoves snowball among the building’s distinct personalities and various spaces; from the Saul Bass-esque opening to the elaborate rooftop finale, La comunidad uses its setting, its cunning lead, and its modulated suspense to their fullest.
By the end, this film is firmly in zany Raimi action territory - half siege, half desperate escape - and Álex de la Iglesia has another devilish success in his filmography.