YMMV: Cell 211
- Adaptation Displacement: Very few people know the film is based on a book.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Utrilla: a Well-Intentioned Extremist or a sadist Knight Templar?
- Complete Monster: Utrilla has no qualms about torturing ill people and beats a pregnated woman to death.
- Broken Base: Any opinion about the goal, legitimacy and of the prison riot is sure to be conflicted.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A possible effect given the sheer sustained of the suspense in the film. At some instance the viewer could be waiting to Juan to be discovered and killed.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Thanks in good part to his charismatic portrait by Luis Tosar, Malamadre is an incredibly popular character.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The Government men are either cowardly or evil and you cannot trust them. Criminals and fellows who follow somewhat of a honor code instead of the laws are actually the better people.
- Magnificent Bastard: Apache, if he was really planning all the events at the end. Malamadre will probably get him after the ending of the film, though.
- Rooting for the Empire: Possibly enforced by the fact that there aren't exactly good or bad guys on the film and that the Government are portraited as underhanded and incompetent, but it is not difficult at all to side with the inmates (especially Malamadre and/or Juan) over them.