Smoking may be hazardous to your health, but in "Nicotina," a new Mexican thriller from the producers of "Amores Perros," it is downright lethal. "Nicotina," which lights up theaters Friday, revolves around a crime that goes horribly awry one night on the mean streets of Mexico City.
Argentina native Hugo Rodriquez, who worked as an assistant director to Alfonso Cuaron, directs the caper flick in a lively, anarchic style that recalls Martin Scorsese's "After Hours" and even Norman Jewison's "The Thomas Crown Affair."
The film's calling card is star Diego Luna of Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien." "Nicotina" marks Luna's return to his homeland after making several American movies, including "The Terminal" and the upcoming "Criminal."
The 24-year-old heartthrob plays Lolo, a computer hacker who spends most of his time smoking cigarettes in his disheveled apartment while observing his beautiful neighbor via the spy cameras he has hidden in her apartment.