The movie contains many references to socialist-oriented characters in Mexico's past: first, the painting at General Benavides' dining room is the work of muralist artist David Alfaro Siquieros, a well-known member of the Mexican Socialist Party (PPS); the name of the tyrant, PEC, forms the initials Plutarco Elias Calles, a president who, in fact, tried to outlaw religious worshiping and thus started the Cristero Wars. Finally, the name of the rebel leader, Father Miguel, is a reference to Miguel Pro, a rebel priest who was shot during the Cristero Wars and recently canonized by Pope John Paul II. See more »
Visually this movie is really beautiful. Francisco Laresgoiti's usage of Mexico City and its surroundings creates a futuristic and exciting stage, and it's clear that a lot of effort has been put into creating this feeling of a cold world. The feeling I get is a mixture between Orwell's 1984 and Gibson's Neuromancer.
The story line is simple and the unemotional acting of the "bad-guys" is a perfect fit. It's the lack of emotion and depth when portraying the good side that is the reason this movie never really reaches its potential. It will be interesting to see if the prequel will improve this aspect.
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