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Official Discussion: Miss Bala [SPOILERS]


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While American tourist Gloria is on vacation in Tijuana, Mexico her life is turned upside down when her best friend Suzu disappears and she is kidnapped by a dangerous drug cartel. With both the criminals and the DEA on her tail she will have to play both sides and use all her cunning in order to survive and save her friend.


Catherine Hardwicke


screenplay by Gareth Dunnett-Alcocer


  • Gina Rodriguez as Gloria

  • Ismael Cruz C贸rdova as Lino

  • Anthony Mackie as Jimmy

  • Aislinn Derbez as Isabel

  • Matt Lauria as Brian

  • Cristina Rodlo as Suzu

  • Ricardo Abarca as Pollo

  • Thomas Dekker as Justin

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%

Metacritic: 40/100

After Credits Scene? No

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level 1
3 points1 month agoedited 1 month ago

It was okay if you like this sort of thing. Usual trope Mexican drug cartel doing business with the CIA while being infiltrated by the DEA who are being betrayed by the CIA. Meanwhile one time good looking Mexican chic turns avenging angel, taking the cartel and corrupt Mexican police down.

The story though was a rip off from another much better film I saw a few years ago, with the same Mexican beauty pageant theme and drug cartel vying with rival corrupt Mexican police chief. But I can't remember the name of the film.

I'm told Gina Rodriguez is the next upcoming hot under thirty Latino actress, but I thought Cristina Rodlo is better, both in acting and 馃槏

EDIT: ah, apparently the older film I remembered was the original Miss Bala lol

level 1
3 points1 month agoedited 1 month ago

I can鈥檛 get over how bad this movie is. Probably the worst I鈥檝e seen in awhile. Didn鈥檛 find it fun in the slightest, and I probably won鈥檛 remember a single thing about it in a years time.

Well, if I remember anything, it鈥檒l be that this film rivaled Escape Room for worst ending of 2019.

Also, I might remember the two teenage girls sitting next to me in the theatre that shipped the main character & drug person dude and were talking about how shitty she was for 鈥渂etraying/killing him鈥 when he. . . 鈥減rotected her.鈥 Still a better love story than twilight?

level 1

Really bad movie. The plot is hilariously contrived and stupid, but too self-serious to be fun. Nothing is engaging about it and nothing is exciting. It's a really fast movie that jumps from random contrived plot point to random contrived plot point, but everything is so boring and uninteresting that it feels slow.

Disappointing as someone who likes Gina.

level 2

After watching the original version from 2011, this remake was difficult to watch... the original director Gerardo Naranjo wasn't even involved lol... Straight the 2011 version

level 3

the original version from 2011

And I could not remember the name of the older film with the same plot that I thought was much better lol

Thanks for that 馃憤

level 3

Gerardo Naranjo was so good that they had him direct 3 episodes of Narcos back in 2016

Catherine Hardwicke, the current director, is known for Twilight

level 4

But she got Twilight on the strength of Thirteen, which is a fantastic movie.

level 1

Feel like this should have been a series and not a movie. I felt everything was happening to fast for any character development.

level 1

You picked this to put up on the header over Lego Movie 2?

level 1

needed more titts

level 1

so what went wrong here?

level 2

It's like a telemundo soap opera somehow became a US movie.

Which I think was the actual case.

level 1

I think Gina Rodriguez was miscast in this, but I also don't think there's an actress who could actually pull off Gloria in this movie. It's an insane role.

There's a very creepy, intriguing movie in here, about a drug dealer who becomes obsessed with a young woman and inflicts his presence/world upon her, and her slowly learning how to play him in order to reclaim her agency/freedom/find her friend. Of course, thats trampled over by a half-dozen clumsy, useless scenes and Lino's absurd, circuitous plan to kill the chief of police, which is apparently really hard to do for some reason.

The CIA thing at the end... what the fuck was that? Why was that? I just watched this woman bungle through hell to rescue her friend, and her triumphant ending is being recruited by the CIA? And the twist is that the CIA supplied semiautomatic rifles to a drug cartel while allowing an American national to suffer in their custody? But we're still supposed to think they're heroes?

level 1

Gina Rodriguez had been annoying me lately for reasons you can Google, that I won't go into here, but I love JtV and I love HER in it, but this was precisely as everyone has said. Lip service feminism where she had absolutely no agency outside of what the men on both sides wanted for her.

level 2

Why is she annoying?

level 3

Will send you a chat.

level 4

You're reading way too much into it. We all know that LatinX are the least represented group and the lowest paid. Its not a Black Vs Brown thing either.

level 5
1 point2 months agoedited 2 months ago

IT's not a black vs hispanics thing but she acts as if it is, correcting people when they specifically give praise to black people. And she even said that her father was dark skinned which he really isn't.

level 5

is LatinX the new hispanic pop group

level 6

You鈥檙e...you鈥檙e not referencing LibertyX? It鈥檚... been... so... long...

level 6

Its a term for male, female and LGBT people

level 7

So "Hispanic people"

level 8

"Latino" preferably. Though it's pretty interchangable in the vernacular, to be honest. "Latinx" is just the latest bit of cultural appropriation to rob us of our cultural identity.

level 9

yeah sure, latino is a word I think makes sense. I don't like all of this new political jargon


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