It's good to see films with an all Latina/Latino cast. Not just black and white all the time as if that's the only two races in America. With that said I think people who say strong female lead personifying male characteristics is still very male slanted especially when men direct supposedly 'women's roles' and just make them walking vaginas with a gun. Overall I like the reality of the film (I guess for stereotyping gang bangers, everyone is in a situation of fright or flight or fight, basic human brain stuff) and it was a good pace. Everyone played realistic roles (acting for the most part was like legit churros).
My pet peeve why it's 4 stars is just the writer's/plot of the main character's absurdity (SPOILER ALERT, MATURE THEMES) - Don't read more if you plan to watch the film, is why would after the first incident would Loca go and leave the cousin in the house, go get high with her friend and you know other self-centered stuff.... Seriously, that seemed dumb supposedly for such a 'street' smart character who loves and wanted to protect her cousin. What I would liked to have seen (my plot alternative) if I was the writer is Loca appear to leave her cousin's place only to come back around and shoot and torture that guy (Quentin Tarantino style). But then it woulda been The End and would have ended the movie right there, haha. The gratuitous sex or sexualizing the female character thrown in is so typically male-directed too.
I guess the other ending made more sense (to the script then). The plot seemed pretty convoluted about who was revenging who I kinda got confused. I just know someone did something to someone creating a series of domino events, new alliances who were trying to form a drug business together and then at the end of the day everyone is dealing drugs to their own people and perpetuating addictions and self-fulfilling prophecy and legacy of more drugs and violence. Very human survival Reptilian brain stuff.
This is a cautionary story in the end of drugs, gang violence, (some sex) and most of all I'm channeling Nancy Reagan from the 80's: Just Say no to drugs and violence kids. Guns are very very bad, but people are much much worse.