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Miss Bala (2011)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007961SAE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An aspiring beauty queen finds herself in the wrong place at the worst possible time in this explosive crime thriller set amid Mexico’s increasingly violent drug war. After witnessing a shooting in a nightclub, the young woman is kidnapped and forced to work for ruthless gangsters in order to keep her dreams—and her family—alive.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I want to represent the beauty of my state." April 3, 2012
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MISS BALA is a strong film from Mexico (apparently based on a true account of the unending drug war focused in Tijuana produced by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna and James Russo who has a role in the film as a corrupt DEA agent) - a film that is unafraid to uncover the ruthless activities by the drug cartels, the Mexican police, and the US DEA agents in the endless battle against drug trafficking. It hits like a punch in the stomach and remains in the memory long after the credits have rolled.

Laura Guerrero (Stephanie Sigman) dreams of being a beauty queen in the Miss Baja California Beauty Pageant, a position that will raise her out of her meager existence as a dress maker in the outskirts of Tijuana where she lives with her little brother and father. She and her best friend Zuzu work their way into the line of women vying for the contest title. After winning entry into the pageant Laura reluctantly agrees to go to a sleazy nightclub with Zuzu. In the club's toilets she witnesses the covert entry of an organized drugs cartel led by Lino Valdez (Noe Hernandez). Lino is finds Laura to be attractive and smart, and allows her to escape. However, when Laura reports her missing friend Zuzu to a corrupt Mexican police officer, she finds herself delivered back into the hands of Lino, and entangled ever deeper in a vicious drugs war.' She is used as a mule to transport drug money across the border, returning to full fledged gang war. Lino uses her physically and then keeps his promise to have her crowned Miss Baja California, but the title and the events that follow lead to horrors and alienation Laura never dreamed possible.

Writers Mauricio Katz and writer/director Gerardo Naranjo push this exposé of just how all consuming the drug traffic problem is at the border.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets It Right July 30, 2012
Format:DVD
One woman's experience being dragged into Mexico's drug war. I almost turned it off 20 minutes through in horror, but am glad I stuck it out. I have been staunchly against legalizing marijuana, but this is the first movie that has ever made me fear what our own borders might become if we don't. I would call this naturalistic violence rather than stylized violence.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film. February 29, 2012
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This is a realistic, violent, and non-stop action film. The plot is also incredible, the actors make a very accurate portrayal of civilian life in Mexico's ongoing Narco wars. The film is in Spanish, but that should not deter anyone from watching it. As soon as the film's story begins to unfold, you'll find yourself ready to watch it the whole way through.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I want to represent the beauty of my state." April 3, 2012
Format:DVD
MISS BALA is a strong film from Mexico (apparently based on a true account of the unending drug war focused in Tijuana produced by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna and James Russo who has a role in the film as a corrupt DEA agent) - a film that is unafraid to uncover the ruthless activities by the drug cartels, the Mexican police, and the US DEA agents in the endless battle against drug trafficking. It hits like a punch in the stomach and remains in the memory long after the credits have rolled.

Laura Guerrero (Stephanie Sigman) dreams of being a beauty queen in the Miss Baja California Beauty Pageant, a position that will raise her out of her meager existence as a dress maker in the outskirts of Tijuana where she lives with her little brother and father. She and her best friend Zuzu work their way into the line of women vying for the contest title. After winning entry into the pageant Laura reluctantly agrees to go to a sleazy nightclub with Zuzu. In the club's toilets she witnesses the covert entry of an organized drugs cartel led by Lino Valdez (Noe Hernandez). Lino is finds Laura to be attractive and smart, and allows her to escape. However, when Laura reports her missing friend Zuzu to a corrupt Mexican police officer, she finds herself delivered back into the hands of Lino, and entangled ever deeper in a vicious drugs war._ She is used as a mule to transport drug money across the border, returning to full fledged gang war. Lino uses her physically and then keeps his promise to have her crowned Miss Baja California, but the title and the events that follow lead to horrors and alienation Laura never dreamed possible.

Writers Mauricio Katz and writer/director Gerardo Naranjo push this exposé of just how all consuming the drug traffic problem is at the border.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Bala February 28, 2012
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Mexico's entry for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Miss Bala is another one of those movies you probably haven't heard of, much less seen, unless you live in a major city. Loosely based on true events, the film follows a young Mexican beauty queen who becomes wrapped up with a gang of drug-runners as she competes for her crown. Though it received just a little buzz and opened for a short time in limited release, I found a lot to praise about the movie; it's a loaded film whose subject matter is already heavy, but is made even more powerful by some interesting directorial choices and an assured filmmaking style. Miss Bala is an unflinching, timely look at a side of Mexican culture much talked about but rarely explored in this fashion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Bala... October 16, 2013
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If life in Tijuana is even close to the scenes depicted in Miss Bala, I would think that one would be driven mad. In this movie, I will say - "Expect the un-expected!"

View this movie - and you will see what I mean...

I rate Miss Bala...Four stars!!

Rent it (or buy it), then watch it, then give thanks that the United States isn't at that level of violence - yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Worth Seeing
This is a really fine film in the vein of Maria Full of Grace, if you've seen that exceptional film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Builder Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Authentic but not engaging
Watching Miss Bala you definitely like Laura. Your totally disoriented and have no idea, other than what you've heard on the new about Mexican drug cartels, what's going on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jessica V. Estevez
3.0 out of 5 stars Miss Bala
Excellent thriller and great that it focuses on a young woman coming of age
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It is a bit stereotypical of the narcotraficante culture
Published 7 months ago by Shelli Rottschafer
1.0 out of 5 stars ehh....it's ok i guess ^-^
Not what I was expecting I guess it needed more action for me and a little bit more information on the main character
Published 8 months ago by leticia padilla
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Bala
Well told story....although a few spots a bit confusing to me. I liked her actions and facial expressions. Very sad problem for the families just trying to live a nice life.
Published 9 months ago by victoria herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Narco-Excellence!
One of the distinguishing features of this film is that the camera follows a character as he or she moves from one location to another in events that are moving the plot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daniel Wetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
It's a real awesome movie and it's crazy how other countries can be but it is what it is .good movie all in all
Published 11 months ago by jackie grawey
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Bala
Excellent movie i did enjoyit. Got kind of lost but it was very interesting to watch. The story could had been put together better. But still not bad.
Published 13 months ago by Linwood C, Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
Great film. Beautifully directed and acted. I wish they made more movies like this in America. Looking forward to seeing director's next movie.
Published 13 months ago by Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now
This movie is excellent movie enjoy but you need a strong stomic to watch so be a wear of the movie it is very sexuality not for kids at all do not bring kids only adults you need... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Keven
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