Two young men set off on a motorcycle journey through South
America. Their motorcycle breaks down and they learn about the
human spirit as they hitch and walk their way across the
“The Motorcycle Diaries” is the true story of two young men,
Ernesto Guevara (who later in life becomes a communist
revolutionary also known as El Che) and Alberto Granado, who travel
through South America in 1952 on a lame motorcycle called “The
Mighty.” Ernesto, played by Gael Garc�a Bernal, is going to
college to become a doctor specializing in leprosy and is taking a
year off to travel through South America. Alberto, played by
Rodrigo de la Serna, is a biochemist and is making the journey to
celebrate his 30th birthday.
At the beginning of the movie, the subtitles move very quickly
and are hard to read, but after a few minutes the story becomes so
interesting that it is easy to forget the subtitles are there.
The indigenous people they meet along the way make a strong
impression on Ernesto, Alberto and the audience. It is difficult to
hear the stories of people who work so hard just to feed
themselves. One man they meet on the road is searching for a job so
he can educate his children. Many of the people have been kicked
off of their land by the government and are not even allowed to
farm their own food anymore. The documentary-style film making
creates an illusion of reality.
Ernesto goes from being a medical student to a dedicated
The movie has poor quality filming and a fairly low budget, but
is driven by wonderful actors and the fact that it is based on an
amazing true story.
“The Motorcycle Diaries” is a movie with a purpose – it shows a
part of the world, a culture and an experience that most Americans
will never know.
Four out of four