Miss Bala

Miss Bala

DVD - 2011 | Spanish
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An aspiring beauty queen finds herself in the wrong place at the worst possible time in this explosive crime thriller set amid Mexico's increasingly violent drug war. After witnessing a shooting in a nightclub, the young woman is kidnapped and forced to work for ruthless gangsters in order the keep her dreams - and her family - alive. --from cover.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment : Fox World Cinema, c2011
Branch Call Number: SPA DVD MISS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

Shortly into this overwrought mess you begin to suspect that director Gerardo Naranjo couldn’t decide whether he wanted to produce a bona fide indictment against his country’s illicit drug trade or a lurid telenovela about a beauty queen gone wrong. He fails on both counts. Sweetly innocent Laura Guerrero, twenty-three years old, leaves her father and brother behind and travels to the big city with dreams of being crowned the next Miss Baja California. Her dreams are derailed however when she witnesses a gangland slaying and before you can say “¡Ay Caramba!” she’s being forced to run unlawful errands for the evil drug lord Lido and his band of hairy men. But despite being forced to transport dead bodies and fly laundered money across the border she still manages to get back to the studio in time for the swimsuit competition and final judging. Unfortunately, her final assignment goes terribly awry when she’s sent to seduce a government bigwig targeted for assassination and the resulting hail of bullets threatens to blow the tiara right off her head. In the title role Stephanie Sigman exhibits the emotional range of a head of lettuce while everyone else either leers and scowls or wanders about in a clueless daze. Lastly, a final series of ironic twists do little more than elicit more laughter. Miss Bala couldn’t have been any more camp if they had hired a cast of drag queens.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 16, 2014

Harrowing story of an aspiring beauty queen who gets caught up in Baja's violent drug war. Also see "Sin Nombre" and "Amores Perros."

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Ron@Ottawa
May 16, 2014

This is one very interesting film from Mexico. There is plenty of violence, and shooting, in this films, all done with realism. We have often heard about the brutality and ruthlessness of the Mexican drug gangs. This film gives you a good taste of it. The tall, young lady caught in the web was a totally innocent victim and you can't help but feel sorry for her in the end. A great film to watch for the right audience. Spanish with subtitles.

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neonkc
Dec 31, 2012

very good

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mistical
Jul 13, 2012

i liked the flow, it had the slow moments of an indie film, but when things moved, they did so steadily. otherwise it was a slightly unremarkable look at border crime.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 16, 2014

Violence: Plenty of killing and a couple of scenes of brutality.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 16, 2014

Sexual Content: Some scenes of sexual situations.

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