24 user 16 critic

El infierno (2010)

El Benny is deported from the U.S. and returns home to a Mexico devastated by the drug wars. He too joins in, and starts climbing the hierarchy, finding a prosperous life, full of money, women, violence and fun.


Luis Estrada


Luis Estrada (screenplay), Luis Estrada (story) | 2 more credits »
27 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... Benny García
Joaquín Cosio ... El Cochiloco
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Don José Reyes
María Rojo ... Doña Mari Reyes
Elizabeth Cervantes ... La Cuñada
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Capitán Ramírez
Jorge Zárate Jorge Zárate ... El Huasteco
Salvador Sánchez ... El Padrino
Angelina Peláez ... Mamá García
Kristyan Ferrer ... El Sobrino (as Kristian Ferrer)
Dagoberto Gama ... El Sargento
Mauricio Isaac ... El J.R.
Alejandro Calva ... Jefe de Policía
Emilio Guerrero ... El Alcalde
Silverio Palacios ... Hermanos Cucaracha


Benjamin Garcia, Benny, is deported from the United States. Back home and against a bleak picture, Benny gets involved in the narco business, in which has for the first time in his life, an spectacular rise surrounded by money, women, violence and fun. But very soon he discovers that criminal life does not always keep its promises. An epic black comedy about the world of Mafia and organized crime, Hell helps us to understand what everybody is asking: What is happening in Mexico today? Written by El Cochiloco

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Mexico 2010, El Infierno... Nada que celebrar

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some graphic violence and explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


In "Herod's Law", a previous movie by Luis Estrada, Gloria (Leticia Huijara) left a note to her husband with the P.S. "Nos vemos en el infierno"/"I'll see you in hell", possibly a hint reference for "El Infierno". See more »


the closeup of the grenade tossed under the pickup truck clearly shows a big hole at the bottom of the grenade, which indicates it is a "dummy" grenade used for training and such, these type of grenades are usual army surplus store stuck. See more »


References Salón México (1949) See more »


Corrido del J.R.
Music by Santiago Ojeda, lyrics by Luis Estrada and Rodrigo Santos
Performed by 'Terquedad nortena'
See more »

User Reviews

Quite solid, for the most part
25 June 2013 | by sidsiderisSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, but I have yet to see a film show the depth of narco-violence in full honesty. Many related films (e.g. Infierno, Coyote, Sicario) touch on it, but they pull back always, and right when realism calls for naturalism (i.e. Today, a "simple" gun execution is considered a merciful fate; decapitations are a manner of death and do not occur after death). For instance, Infierno would have been a far different film had the Zetas been presented (although they are alluded to when Reyes gets help from the City of Reynosa). One has only to view how Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel compete with decapitation videos to understand that while Infierno has moments of suspense and horror, it does not create an overwhelming sense f dread.

Well acted and photographed otherwise.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

3 September 2010 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

El infierno See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed