** This review contains spoilers. So if you keep reading this, and it ruins the move for you, it’s not my fault and I don’t want to hear about it **
Once I mustered up the courage to watch this movie (I was especially concerned about rape scenes, as I am with all movies/tv shows, which is a topic for another day), I was disappointed to find out that it was pretty boring.
I think all of the actors in this film have solid characters and performances. I also love how the director messed with my mind by making me think things were going to happen, and then not making those things happen. Well done, truly.
But in the end, this movie was boring to me because it’s been done before (about a bazillion times).
Can anyone out there say they were truly surprised to find out that the US was involved in the “business” of drug trafficking? Were any viewers actually shocked to find out that Alejandro had a revenge backstory with the cartel the operation was trying to bring down? Of course not, because we’ve seen these things so many times now that we expect something new. So the only shock is that it’s not new, it’s actually the same story all over again. When you realize that as a viewer, it’s a serious case of lunchbag letdown.
My one other huge beef is that Alejandro told Kate to never point a weapon at him again, and you believe him. Then when she does at the end, the psycho just walks away because he has a signed piece of paper? I’m not sure I buy that.
It makes me sad that this movie didn’t do more for me, because the actors really did play their characters well. And the story seemed like it was going to be gritty and compelling. But aside from the minor psychological guessing game it played with me only because I was expecting more, it wasn’t a very well told story.