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Cartel War (2010)

Disrupt/Dismantle (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 2010 (USA)
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L.A. undercover cops disregard the law to bring down the most powerful drug mob in the U.S. Loosely based on Mexico's once most powerful drug cartel leader, this journey into the drug underworld cuts to the bone and through the heart.
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Credited cast:
Mike Marino
Catalina Vega
Antonio Vega
Gina Cassidy
Logan Coffey
Gene Lythgow ...
Gene Wilson
Jack Brokowski
Andre Rhodes
De La Pena
Steve Yaconelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayelet' ...
Mia (as Ayelet Ben-Shahar)
Cousin (as John Bariamis)
Brian Beach Jr. ...


Hard realities intertwine when an elite division of L.A. undercover narcotics cops, Division 123, begins to peel away the layers of a powerful drug cartel to undermine their manipulative influence. A study in humanity: of the cops and the challenge they face to balance a commitment to those they love, against their commitment to task and ability to protect. At one moment, immersed in the glitz of L.A.'s glamor and the next, looping into the city's seedy underbelly, 'DISRUPT/DISMANTLE' follows these officers as they go head-to-head with a ruthless yet seductive foe. Echoing the familiar scenario of cops vs. bad guys, this story presents itself with new vigor, fresh and focused on the lives of determined cops making choices - and mistakes. As the discovery of bodies begins to tarnish the investigation - including the brutal murder of one of their own, Division 123 disregards the law to bring down the most powerful drug mob in the U.S. Heralding new talent and veteran actors who come ... Written by Amber Jazairi Price

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To hell with the rules...and the people who wrote them...


Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, language, some sexual content/nudity and drug use | See all certifications »


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April 2010 (USA)  »

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$196,500 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Unknown cast, Surprisingly good performances, and almost solid story/plot
4 December 2012 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I first heard about the making of this film back in 2009, and was under the impression it was going to be yet another low budget, displeasing film based on the overkilled already filmed stories of drug lords, but how wrong was I?

OK, there are plot holes, and a mismatch of soundtrack, and sound effects, but bloody hell, this film actually exceeded my expectations personally.

What I cannot understand is why are there so many talented actors, and actresses in this film that I have not seen or heard of before? There are also veteran actors, and actresses cast in this film who are equally as impressive, many, outstanding performances.

How can a film like this go under the radar for so long, and why was there such a long time between the film being shot, and then reaching DVD? Almost three years!

One has to wonder if there were legal things going on, or if it were a case of Hollywood trying to restrict the producers, writers etc.

If anyone from the film, be it, writer, actor, actress, director, who wishes to shed more light on these questions above, please feel free to contact me, or post a reply here. It would be greatly appreciated.


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