From its first scene, “La Dosis” makes it clear that its taciturn protagonist, a nurse named Marcos (Carlos Portaluppi), favors his own morality over professional decorum. Despite the protests of the doctors, he violates the protocol to bring back to life a patient flat. The film quickly blurs this decision, rendering its own story surprisingly opaque.
After saving this patient, Marcos decides to euthanize her because he does not agree with the doctors’ treatment plan, which leaves her vulnerable to death from infection. This is not the first – nor the last – time that Marcos has tried to get a patient out of his misery. When a mysterious new nurse, Gabriel (Ignacio Rogers), arrives, it looks like he can speak out against Marcos’ misdeeds. Instead, his behavior excuses them in contrast. Gabriel is almost a cartoonish psychotic: he happily kills patients and tries to sexually assault the only nurse on their ward. Although Marcos could be accused of playing God, next to Gabriel he looks like an angel.
While focusing on the actions of these characters might have created some tense drama, “La Dosis” has too many other things on its mind. The film quickly sinks into a mountain of half-addressed complexities. Marcos has to look for new accommodation because his partner recently left him, but we don’t learn anything about this relationship. Although Gabriel tries to seduce Marcos – including taking him to a gay bar – it is not known if Marcos is even dating men. “La Dosis” brings up a lot of these issues and doesn’t play any of them, making it a frustrating and vague watch.
“La Dosis” is harmed by refusing lucidity. What should be a razor sharp rivalry plays out more like a crippled thriller.
Unclassified. In Spanish, with subtitles. Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes. Available for rent or purchase on Google Play, FandangoNow, and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.