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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 Gaby Orihuela ... Pageant Coordinator
Damián Alcázar ... Chief Saucedo
Ricardo Abarca ... Poyo
Ismael Cruz Cordova ... Lino (as Ismael Cruz Córdova)
Erick Delgadillo Erick Delgadillo ... Tucán (as Erick Rene Delgadillo Urbina)
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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Storyline

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:

Don't Mess with Family. 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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Details

Official Sites:

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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:

$15,006,824, 21 March 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos (as Dolby Vision-Atmos)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Featured in L.A.'s Finest: Pilot (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Mi Zihua Malandro
Written and Performed by El Kabro
Courtesy of Merceneri Records
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Miss Antibalas
1 February 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. One of the reasons I so enjoy movies is that I can usually find some positive to latch onto, even if most of the project fails to connect or generate much interest. Such is the case with this latest from director Catherine Hardwick (the excellent THIRTEEN, 2003). Actress Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin", ANNIHILATION) is a joy to behold as she navigates her way through one perilous situation after another.

Ms. Rodriguez plays Gloria, a southern California resident whose particular set up of skills are utilized in her work as a makeup artist. Gloria drives across the border to Tijuana in support of her friend Suzu (Cristina Rodlo) who is competing in the Miss Baja pageant. Their fun evening at the nightclub goes horribly wrong as evil-doers storm the club attempting to assassinate the director of the pageant. During the mayhem, Suzu gets kidnapped and Gloria proves for the first time (of many to come) that the film should have more accurately been titled "Miss Antibalas". No matter the size of the shootout - and there are many - there are no bullets for Miss Bullet (Bala being Spanish for bullet).

Of course that's not a spoiler because even in the trailer, it's quite obvious that this remake of director Geraldo Naranjo's 2011 Mexican movie sets out to become yet another action franchise. As a PG-13 film, it softens the edges from the original and seems to target younger viewers, possibly an attempt to empower teenage girls. It's a worthy mission despite the disappointing execution of the first feature film screenplay from Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer.

Gloria's attempts to rescue Suzu find her caught in a tug-of-war between Mexican crime lord Lino (Ismael Cruz Cordova, "Ray Donovan") and the DEA task force led by Matt Lauria playing an incompetent agent. Given today's political climate, bad guy Lino is presented as half-American and half-Mexican to quell any cries of racial stereotyping. Also appearing are Aislinn Derbez (daughter of Mexican movie star Eugenio Derbez) as Isabel, another woman caught up in Lino's web; and Anthony Mackie in an all-too brief two scenes that seem to play into the previously mentioned franchise hopes.

Corruption, drug smuggling and human trafficking are rampant throughout. I have no personal knowledge of whether Tijuana is the lawless frontier presented here, but the focus is really on one woman's ability to find her backbone - her inner strength - in a never-ending stream of dangerous situations. Despite the material, Ms. Rodriguez manages to hold her own and flash star quality. She is likeable and tough. On the other hand, Ms. Hardwicke's choices beg for second-guessing - from the cheesy shootouts to the lame and too-obvious musical choices (especially at the film's conclusion). She has certainly proven herself capable of better as a filmmaker, and will undoubtedly do so again.


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