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Miss Bala (2019)

Action | Drama   
IMDB Rayting:   5.6/10
Country: Mexico | USA
Language: English

Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish language film.

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larrys3 1 May 2019

Gina Rodriguez and Ismael Cruz Cordova do well in their lead roles here and for the most part portray believable characters. However, many of the plot elements just came across to me as quite non-believable and the whole movie itself was not engaging enough to rise above a fair rating, as I see it. It does bring to the front though the issues of the debasement and trafficking of women.

anuity 1 February 2019

I feel like I have written this review a million times. I'm sick and tired of people giving movies a 1 or 2 because it had weaknesses, 'wasn't as good as the iriginal' or they just didn't care for it. Try to at least be somewhat objective. This movie was entertaining, suspenseful, tense at times and had you torn as to which way you wanted the movie to end. And as a bonus, little or no gratuitous sex, violence and language!!

ferguson-6 1 February 2019

Greetings again from the darkness. One of the reasons I so enjoy movies is that I can usually find some positive to latch onto, even if most of the project fails to connect or generate much interest. Such is the case with this latest from director Catherine Hardwick (the excellent THIRTEEN, 2003). Actress Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin", ANNIHILATION) is a joy to behold as she navigates her way through one perilous situation after another.

Ms. Rodriguez plays Gloria, a southern California resident whose particular set up of skills are utilized in her work as a makeup artist. Gloria drives across the border to Tijuana in support of her friend Suzu (Cristina Rodlo) who is competing in the Miss Baja pageant. Their fun evening at the nightclub goes horribly wrong as evil-doers storm the club attempting to assassinate the director of the pageant. During the mayhem, Suzu gets kidnapped and Gloria proves for the first time (of many to come) that the film should have more accurately been titled "Miss Antibalas". No matter the size of the shootout - and there are many - there are no bullets for Miss Bullet (Bala being Spanish for bullet).

Of course that's not a spoiler because even in the trailer, it's quite obvious that this remake of director Geraldo Naranjo's 2011 Mexican movie sets out to become yet another action franchise. As a PG-13 film, it softens the edges from the original and seems to target younger viewers, possibly an attempt to empower teenage girls. It's a worthy mission despite the disappointing execution of the first feature film screenplay from Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer.

Gloria's attempts to rescue Suzu find her caught in a tug-of-war between Mexican crime lord Lino (Ismael Cruz Cordova, "Ray Donovan") and the DEA task force led by Matt Lauria playing an incompetent agent. Given today's political climate, bad guy Lino is presented as half-American and half-Mexican to quell any cries of racial stereotyping. Also appearing are Aislinn Derbez (daughter of Mexican movie star Eugenio Derbez) as Isabel, another woman caught up in Lino's web; and Anthony Mackie in an all-too brief two scenes that seem to play into the previously mentioned franchise hopes.

Corruption, drug smuggling and human trafficking are rampant throughout. I have no personal knowledge of whether Tijuana is the lawless frontier presented here, but the focus is really on one woman's ability to find her backbone - her inner strength - in a never-ending stream of dangerous situations. Despite the material, Ms. Rodriguez manages to hold her own and flash star quality. She is likeable and tough. On the other hand, Ms. Hardwicke's choices beg for second-guessing - from the cheesy shootouts to the lame and too-obvious musical choices (especially at the film's conclusion). She has certainly proven herself capable of better as a filmmaker, and will undoubtedly do so again.

view_and_review 3 February 2019

Miss Bala was Red Sparrow-esque (to use a recent movie as a comparison). It wasn't nearly as sexual as Red Sparrow but it was starring a woman that witnessed something she shouldn't have, based in a foreign country in which she had to do whatever she could to survive.

Gloria Fuentes (Gina Rodriguez) is a Hollywood makeup artist that goes to Tijuana, Mexico to help her friend prep for the Miss Baja, California pageant. While she and her friend are at a party the place is shot up by the Los Estrella gang. Trusting the wrong people Gloria found herself a captive of that gang and forced to do criminal acts she wanted no part in.

At the heart of this movie is a survivalist story--which I like. With survivalist stories necessity is the mother of invention and every action done by the one looking to survive can be crucial; no matter how trivial the action is. It's not always about a grand scheme, it's about surviving the next moment.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the Latino flavor. It's cool to see movies set in various countries with the cast being of different nationalities and ethnicities. This movie was intelligently done with some seriously tense scenes all with a PG-13 rating. There was never a feel that they tried to soften the movie at all. It had all the grit and intensity of an R rated movie minus the language and nudity.

Only my second time seeing Gina Rodriguez and she was amazing.

patrick_mohr 2 February 2019

Unfortunately, Miss Bala 2019 do not surpass the original Miss Bala (Cannes Film Festival 2011). This remake lost realism and message from the original.

muamba_eats_toast 10 March 2019

The storyline jumps inexplicably throughout. There's plotholes left,right and centre. Some parts just make no sense. The whole thing is borderline ridiculous. Has the feeling of a tacky TV movie only tackier and written by an over hyper violent hungry 12 year old gamer. Ok to pass the time but overall complete tosh

calebscottburdett 3 February 2019

The trailers were the best part. Little action and pointless scenes make this film plain. I saw Peppermint last year and thought this movie would compare, it didn't. I was a little disappointed.

blanbrn 3 February 2019

"Miss Bala" is one film that as you watch you will enjoy for it's drama and action as it's a spin on the dangerous world of life on the border as when crossed it's a dangerous world of cat and mouse that involves greed, money, drugs, sex, murder, and abuse. Gloria(the sexy and raw Gina Rodriguez who I loved in those sexy black bra scenes) is a California girl who upon visiting her best friend becomes involved in a drama and new sick world of smuggling and violence along the Mexican border. As it's clear no one is who they seem from drug cartel members to drug agents as Gloria is lost and has to fend for herself as the plot spins and thickens with different sets of bad guys. Still the drama and action is just fine for this film as the performance of Gina is nice eye candy treat it spices the picture up making it a knockout.

djzisumbo-652-811293 20 April 2019

The way the movie flowed was amazing. Like sicario bringing in the heat

TheTopDawgCritic 22 April 2019

Wow the trolls are out in full force on this film, as are some of the fake 10/10 reviews, but the trolls take this one, and that's a shame. Who cares if this was a remake and maybe not as good? I didn't see the original, nor do I care too. A reviewer needs to rate a film on its own merits, and not from other films. And to the trolls who gave a film of this production value and talent 1, 2 and 3's, need to give their heads a shake and give up reviewing anything.

This film deserves a much higher score than the current 5.2. I didn't expect much going into this, but I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

For starters, director Catherine Hardwicke nailed this department. Outstanding camera work and she knew how to direct her cast effectively. The cinematography was great. The writing had some holes and pacing issues, but considering this is novice writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer's first full length feature film (wrote 6 short films prior), he wrote better than some seasoned writers. The story itself was decent and suspenseful. The casting was perfect and all actors were very convincing, especially Gina Rodriguez who was outstanding in her role. I felt she could've played a little more emotion in her character, but other than that, she played the naive innocent friend caught up in a gang situation brilliantly. The sound and score were great, and the V/SFX were well done.

This film is an honest and well deserving 8/10, and I hope they come out with a part 2. And if anyone questions my review as being fake, click on my username to see my 1000+ ratings and 600+ reviews, plus to read my profile and learn how to review a film properly. Mad props to all involved in the production... now get working on Part 2!

courtneyekle 1 February 2019

I love Gina in Jane the Virgin and she did a great job in this film too! The movie was really good and kept me wondering how it was going to end the whole time. It didn't end how I wanted it to, but it was still very good and worth watching!

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