Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cartel Land (2015)

Director: Matthew Heineman. 100 min. Rated R. Mexico/USA. Documentary.

This Oscar-nominated documentary can be considered a companion piece to last year's Sicario: how individuals on both sides of the US-Mexico border (predominantly the Mexicans), hopeless of their respective governments protecting them from drug cartels, have became vigilantes to provide their own security. This is an immensely uplifting story of people rising to the occasion, but similar to the feeling Syriana (2005) creates about the Middle-East crisis, it leads to the same kind of mental exhaustion: when talking drug wars, you never know who's on your side and who's helping whom, and eventually, you just let go.

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