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Miss Bala (2019)

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Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish-language film.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Rodriguez ... Gloria
Thomas Dekker ... Makeup Supervisor
Vivian Chan Vivian Chan ... Fashion Designer
Barbarella Pardo ... MX Customs Officer
Cristina Rodlo ... Suzu
Sebastián Cano Sebastián Cano ... Chava (as Sebastian Cano Echegollen)
Gaby Orihuela ... Pageant Coordinator
Damián Alcázar ... Chief Saucedo
Ricardo Abarca ... Poyo
Ismael Cruz Cordova ... Lino (as Ismael Cruz Córdova)
Erick Rene Delgadillo Urbina Erick Rene Delgadillo Urbina ... Tucán
Mikhail Plata Mikhail Plata ... Chivo
Jorge Humberto Millan Mardueño Jorge Humberto Millan Mardueño ... Ortiz
Job Sarmiento Job Sarmiento ... Officer at Club
Roberto Sosa Roberto Sosa ... Police Officer
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Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish-language film.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Bala See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,864,744, 3 February 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,891,198, 14 February 2019
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The gang featured in the film is called "Estrellas" and their logo is a lower-case "e" accompanied by a star. "Estrella" is the Spanish word for "star." See more »

Connections

Remake of Miss Bala (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Exhibit Diaz
Written by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Performed by Ibeyi
Courtesy of XL Recordings
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Suspenseful and action packed while Gina Rodriguez delivers with the performance.
2 February 2019 | by cruise01See all my reviews

Miss Bala (3.5 out of 5 stars).

Miss Bala is an entertaining action thriller that shows Gina Rodriguez can take on an action heroic character trying to save her friend. The plot and story may not be something worth talking about or anything new to the whole drug cartel kidnapping girls and corrupt police in Mexico in a battle against each other. It does deliver some thrills and action that will be worthwhile on seeing Gina Rodriguez transition from a make up artists to a bada** woman.

The plot follows Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) a make up artists living in Los Angeles. She visits her best friend Suzu (Cristina Rodlo) in Tijuana, Mexico. They both go clubbing. Where a group of guys go on a shooting spree in there and kidnapping girls. And Suzu is one of them. Gloria is trying to seek help to find her and the corrupt police was no good. Until Gloria gets captured by the group of man led by Lino (Ismael Cruz Cordova). Lino tries to get Gloria to doing some hostile tasks by having her bomb a safe house and delivering a weapon package to someone in San Diego. Until Gloria gets captured by the DEA and they want her to go undercover for them to the gang. All while, she is trying to find the whereabouts to her friend.

The film's plot was all over the place. It does have a development with Gloria as she changes throughout the course of the film. She learns to shoot a gun. And doing espionage tasks from the DEA.

There were a lot of intense action sequences. Especially, the shootout sequences were loud and intense. The direction did capture the chaotic feeling through Gloria's perspective. Gina Rodriguez did a great job playing the character. Ismael Cruz Cordova was good as Lino were he starts getting a soft side to Gloria. I did feel like Anthony Mackie's character was a little underused with his brief appearance.

I also felt like the film does have some uneven pacing issues in the second act of the film when Lino is taking Gloria hostage and intimidating her with showing up in the room.

Overall, Miss Bala is a pretty fair film. The plot and the pacing issues may be the film's weakest problem. The cast is good. The action and shootout sequences were intense and exciting. Seeing Gina Rodriguez taking on the reign's of an action heroic character was worth seeing.


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