Miss Bala (English Subtitled) 2012 R CC

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Aspiring beauty queen Laura Guerrero (Stephanie Sigman) finds her dreams of becoming Miss Baja California dashed after witnessing a nightclub bloodbath, and becoming hopelessly caught up in a raging drug war.

Starring:
Stephanie Sigman, Irene Azuela
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Gerardo Naranjo
Starring Stephanie Sigman, Irene Azuela
Supporting actors Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Javier Zaragoza, Lakshmi Picazo, Jose Yenque, James Russo, Leonor Vitorica, Gabriel Heads, Hugo Márquez, Miguel Couturier, Eduardo Mendizábal, Sergio Gómez Padilla, Felipe Morales, Sergio Miguel Martínez, Luis Francisco Escobedo, Armando Gutiérrez Flores, Andrea Abbiati Correnti, Víctor Roldán
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This movie was very interesting.
Eric Holmes
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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I have no idea how it fared, but wish it well.
Tommy Dooley

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AJnSD619 on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mr. critic on July 30, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke Killion on March 20, 2013
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"Miss Bala" is 2011 Mexican film. I thought this movie has a lot of value in the "edutainment" category. That is, this story mixes a very human drama with a modern commentary on Latin American politics. These two themes run concurrently and compliment eachother very nicely. The use of news bulletins within the movie fills in the grand strategy which anyone media outlet would cover. This gives the seemingly little role of prospective beauty queen Laura Guerrero context in the larger scheme of the cartel wars.

Stephanie Sigman plays the lead character Laura Guerrero. Her preformance is very powerful, especially in the non verbal aspect. Her muted agony is really this film's defining narrative aspect. In her, the viewer can see how the current chaos in Mexico effects innocents who really don't have direct involvement with drugs, yet find themselves "in a jam" so to speak, with little to no control over their own life. As the story develops, Laura trys to maintain a sense of normalcy, yet she is often caught between the struggling Mexican authorities and the La Estrella gang. In this movie, Baja looks more like Bagdad.

Laura is definately a symbolic victim of gang violence. The voicelessness of her situation is very moving, and also exemplary of injustice in a very conservative, patriarchal society. The men make all the decisions in this setting. The cartels in Mexico are for the most part based on patriarchal clans, and the dogmatism of the "padrinos" is absolute.

Noe Hernandez plays Lino Valdez, who exemplifies the iron fisted and cunning cartel jefe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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