Filmmaker Matthew Heineman and Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker", "Zero Dark Thirty") bring us this unprecedented look at two vigilante groups fighting the murderous drug cartels on both sides of the Mexican border.
I thought this was a very interesting documentary/biopic about a Mexican doctor who wanted to reclaim his state (Michoacan) from the cartels. His was a grass-roots effort, an attempt to disrupt the cartels' subsidiary activities such as extortion and murder.
The movie ends ambivalently, picturing Mireles as a man who succumbed to money and women and who became, in his own way, just as murderous as the cartels. Perhaps he was. But one wonders: could he possibly have been just as corrupt as the Policia Nacional? Could he been as adulterous as the cartels' barons? Could he possibly have murdered one-twentieth of the people that the cartels took out?
I really enjoyed this movie, even though the ending as very ambivalent and required some thinking-through
This documentary is about Mexico and cartels, but it is also about vigilantism in general. Is it OK to take the law into your own hands? Does this freedom corrupt? The documentary explores two (related) instances of vigilantism, and it does so in a critical, but nuanced way. It reflects upon the motives of the people involved, and their situation. This exploration is what really makes this documentary great. It throws some light on the situation in Mexico in a way that is both thrilling and heartbreaking - but by focusing on the acts of the vigilantes, the documentary becomes timeless.
The people behind this went to great lengths to get some really(!) impressive footage. How they convinced people involved to let them film all of this is beyond me.
Very real and to me was sad. The HD is quite impressive to see it in. Was so scary in so many ways all the infighting and trying to see a definitive dividing line of these are the good people and these are the not so good people was confusing at best. Really cannot imagine that much chaos in a modern day society? It needed to be shown and realize they did not show everything for the better. I recommend people see it for the educational aspect as to not be jaded on the topic of immigration and drugs moving back and fourth across the border. Was so shocked at what I thought I knew versus this film. A real eye opener that one could only hope make some kind of positive change for their countries value system towards their fellow man, women, children in the country.
Excellent movie. It doesn't however come near enough to explain the real horror that goes on down in mexico. Google "blog de narco" and you will see the true brutality. Still, for the uninitiated, it's a good introduction to what really goes on down there.
A bit cheesy. And the American side of the story seemed like a bit of reach like they were actually trying to make a story out of a guy basically doing nothing but walking around the desert. The Mexican side of the story was much more interesting, but a lot did seem like it was staged in some ways. Overall an interesting story and another way to think about this issue going on that the news has been hyping and creating a hysteria over.
Cartel Land was amazing and great to watch. It definitely doesn't have a "happy ending", but this is reality. I don't want to spoil the movie, so I will just say that it does focus on two vigilantes trying to take justice in their own hands. And although they have great intentions, there are things that just won't change from bottom-up. Change needs to start at the top in order for things shift in a more positive direction. Pay close attention to the beginning of the movie. Where it begins is where the movie ends. And it was definitely disappointing to me (not the movie itself, but the storyline). I still had a glimpse of hope that things would be better.
Pretty good. Presents scenes of madness ranging from political corruption to vigilantism to collusion between criminals, corrupt government, and vigilantes. Illustrates the importance of rule of law for protection of the rights of the individual and the establishment and preservation of civil security. Illustrates the problems that result from populist militia-style mob rule and from corruption of the state by organized crime. Shows, rather than tells. Communicates its message without getting preachy. Perhaps even relevant to the rise of populism and corruption of government here in the United States.