Howdy ladies and gents people, time for another one of my single paragraph reviews and I’m finally going to be talking about a film that I’ve wanted to watch for a while now Cartel Land. This is one of those films I heard mentioned on Collider Movie Talk a few times during last year especially after the release of Sicario and since I like a good documentary I decided to give it a watch today. So without further ado here we go:
Cartel Land for those who aren’t informed gives us as the audience a detailed look at the issues plaguing Mexico in relation to the drugs, illegal immigration and death, and this documentary gives us two stories; Tim “Nailer” Fole and his group (the Arizona Border Reconone) trying to defend the US border and another from inside Mexico where Dr José Mireles and his group (Autodefensas) who united to take out the cartel themselves. This film is about cause and effect, justice and revenge, corruption and war. What this film demonstrated was the how dangerous the cartel are, how far their reach extends in Mexico and the amount of pain they’ve left in the lives of the innocent civilians. There are stories and images of death and violence which is tragic, brutal and raw, it not only makes you sympathetic towards the people of Michoacán but also makes you completely understand why anyone would become a vigilante and fight evil. This film also illustrated what happens when the law the doesn’t work and your government doesn’t take care of the issues that need immediate attention, and whether or not people have the right to take the law into their own hands, and when you do things in the interest of the public whether they choose to accept your or not. Seeing the different points of view but also the similarities between Fole and Mireles in their goal to work outside of the law and combat the cartel was fascinating, but it was certainly more engaging and dramatic seeing the rise of José Mireles and Autodefensas. And the fact that this was and maybe still is happening is crazy to me. In conclusion Cartel Land was a very insightful and pretty intense documentary and I would recommend it because it was shot well, was very insightful and something I think people should be more aware of.
So that was my review, have you seen Cartel Land and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀