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This movie was exquisite and disturbing, both at the same time. While on the one hand you are drawn deep into the seedy and torturous world of drug use and trade, you also bear witness to the rare moments of retribution and honour. The filming was magnificent, presenting Mexico through grainy footage, as though implying a stereotypical "backward" appearance, while the United States constantly maintains a clear view. This filming lends itself to the overall meaning, however: you see more clearly the degradation of American characters because they are in clear focus -- they become overwhelmed with obsession, addiction and greed. The Mexican side, however, remains foggy up until the end, when Del Torio's character, who is clearly one of the only people with an uninterrupted sense of morals, attains his reward for his dedication: a safe haven for his children and hope for future generations. Overall, if you desire to numb your brain with blazing guns or racing cars you will be disappointed. This film is brilliant because of its realism, cinematography, casting and storyline. Not the happiest of movies, but you do leave with a sense that justice has been served.
|10/10||meowmegan@ - 4 reviews|
17.2.2001 - age: 18-25
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