IMDb Rating: 5.1/10
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Release Date: 1 February 2019
Star Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Thomas Dekker, Vivian Chan
Movie Story: erardo Naranjo’s 2011 Mexican thriller Miss Bala followed the tragic story of an aspiring beauty queen who was kidnapped and coerced into service by a cartel; it was a brutal, relentless movie, one that had little time for psychological shading. In the new American remake, the ruthlessness of the original has been tempered quite a bit, replaced by a string of narrative clichés and pro forma character development. Without the unyielding forward charge of the original, however, the far-fetched story doesn’t really work. And the movie’s attempts to explain its characters doesn’t make them any deeper; quite the contrary, it renders them simplistic.