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Miss Bala

Miss Bala

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Contains French descriptive video

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richmole
Jun 01, 2021

It's such a familiar plot these days (Yikes! Endangered by the Mexican cartels!) that a new entry such as this one is measured by all that came before.

Until the very last sequence, measures up quite well!

Why it's called Miss Bala is a mystery. Surely most people now know how to pronounce "Baja" (Baa-ha). Which is what the title should be as it figures in the plot. Never mind. Call it what you want. I call it quite a good movie.

Good performance by the lead here, Gina Rodriguez, as the young woman unwittingly ensnared in the drug cartel. The bravado she exhibits at the end is entirely unconvincing given the fear-and-trembling she quite realistic exhibits earlier on. Misstep by the director.

A little suspension of disbelief is required. Would a cartel king-pin treat her this way? Is he poco loco for doing so? The movie plays with this question, so, yeah, perhaps he is. Amor is like that.

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Jamie12_1
May 05, 2021

Excellent

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AgnesJames
Dec 08, 2019

Really stupid movie. Waste of time. At starts of the movie, it was good, then middle scenes I am done. Oh nah nah.

JCLLizW Dec 03, 2019

If you like non-stop tension and characters who have to do whatever they can to survive, then give this a try. Gina Rodriguez does an amazing job of playing a regular woman thrust into a terrifying situation; Ismael Cruz Córdova was the perfect choice for Lino, the charismatic gang boss. This movie isn't perfect, but I enjoyed watching it!

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lestallorin
Nov 24, 2019

This movie was soooo wrongheaded--a complete waste of time.

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breemu
Nov 04, 2019

Probably not the greatest movie you'll ever see, but still some pretty solid entertainment. The ordinary, girl-next-door heroine retains a believable character, keeping her focus, integrity, and sanity in the face of insurmountable odds - and she never falls for the charms of the sexy, pretty bad boy (who is, in fact, a terrible human being). And speaking of terrible human beings, the movie touches on the reality of gangs enslaving innocent people for their purposes.

VaughanPLTiziana Sep 11, 2019

A decent action thriller movie about a makeup artist who goes to Tijuana, Mexico to visit her friend and suddenly gets caught up in a storm of organized crime, cartel bosses, drugs, and violence. A remake of the 2011 Spanish film of the same name.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Sep 05, 2019

Average movie. Maybe a B-minus, it's not one I would be keen to see again. I also can't understand the 4, 4plus, and 5 stars it's getting from others. Very misleading. But each to his own as they say.

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gurujr
Sep 02, 2019

Remake of the 2011 Spanish Miss Bala. The 2011 version was excellent and grittier because their budget was probably a lot less. The newer Americanized version with Gina Rodriguez wasn't bad but there wasn't a scene where Miss Bala's hair and makeup were out of place. Had to put in more gunfire and explosions in the newer version with much more stereotypical Mexican cartel acting. And like most American movies these days ending was set up for a Miss Bala 2 if they want one.

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greatflicks
Aug 21, 2019

A couple twists and turns that kept us watching. Not a great movie so we gave it a 3 star.

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