May 14, 2011

Whack-a-mole goes to the movies: "Miss Bala" - An explosive Mexican thriller

Cannes: An explosive Mexican thriller - Andrew O'Hehir, Movie Critic - "'Miss Bala' ... tells the story of leggy, likable Laura Guerrero (Stephanie Sigman), a 23-year-old who leaves her home on the outskirts of Tijuana one day in hopes of auditioning for the Miss Baja pageant. (The film's title is a play on words; 'bala' is Spanish for bullet.) I'm tempted to tell you what happens in the heartbreaking scene when Laura finally reaches the pageant stage, but I won't. Let's just say that this is one of those movies where a normal person takes one step off the straight and narrow path and winds up on the highway to hell. ...

Terrifically choreographed, violent and amoral, but never wantonly cruel, "Miss Bala" is another impressive Mexican breakthrough. "

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