Cartel Land (2015) - Documentary, News

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Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Matthew Heineman
Stars: Tim Nailer Foley, José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 45 found boring (6.66%)

One-line Reviews (44)

I found it to be a bit slow-paced at times, but also pretty compelling.

) militia patrolling parts of the Mexican border for immigrants, could be compelling.

Kudos to the director for making the documentary as gripping as it is eye-opening, with some truly amazing shots that almost transport one to ground zero of the events unfolding on screen.

Generally impressive documentary that primarily follows two fascinating central characters: "Nailer," a man leading a vigilante group attempting to stop drug trafficking on the Arizona border, and 'El Doctor,' the charismatic leader of an anti-cartel militia in Michoacan, Mexico.

It had a few dull moments, lot like a pause in the narration or took a wrong diversion after the first half.

Still, it's definitely worth the watch.

The quality of the images, the story and of the film in general are mind blowing!

CARTEL LAND is a highly entertaining documentary that really gives you a terrific look at some of the stuff that is going on in Mexico.

Stunning footage with a misguided narrative .

It has all the makings for a brilliant film but as this is a documentary about true events, I found it thrilling and quite emotional, especially when you hear what some of the community went through.

There also are some intense shoot-outs which must have been extremely scary for the director, who was in the heart of the action.

This is both eye-opening and compelling which all documentaries aspire to be.

At a time when there is contentious conversation about "building a wall" on America's southern border, this film uncovers a deeper layer of the problem at the heart of the reality of intensive drug trafficking that may or may not be stopped by building a wall.

This moving and compelling documentary paints a vivid picture of the tragic situation involving the cartels, police, military, government, and citizens of Mexico.

There are other such scenes in this riveting, and revolting, documentary.

Thrilling, depressive, informative, and balanced look at a complex issue which ultimately comes down to the inevitable corruption that comes with power (SPOILERS) .

2015's 'Cartel Land', is gripping.

It really did seem like it was a feature film because it's full of action and intense drama.

Especially fascinating is Dr. Mireles who is the face of the AutoDefensas – a group he pledges will protect communities from the cartels, who clearly have no regard for human life.

As a result, should I rate this doc a 6 or a 7 because both stories felt loosely tied to me, even though it captures what was and is going on in Mexico (and everywhere in the world I believe) unlike anything ever has before and both stories are very entertaining.

This a very good documentary film, very gripping and interesting storyline with the characters.

Cartel Land also finds difficulties in giving us a centralized figure to be our lead through this violent, chaotic and confusing landscape even though Mexican local and the vigilante leader of the Autodefensa José Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles is an intriguing and multilayered persona.

That is a darn shame, as "Cartel Land" makes for compelling, if at times uncomfortable, viewing.

Worth watching!

Liberal Hollywood propaganda .

It's just pretentious and, really, disgusting.

The most fascinating aspect comes as the film winds down and we see that even good groups are usually bought off or have alternative motives, which of course just leads to more corruption.

The only certain conclusion from Matthew Heiman's bleak, compelling film is that the war on drugs is a war that can only be lost.

So, to see them, order murders, breaking and entertaining, beating and torturing their capturers.

Nailer is a fascinating character although I keep thinking that there is more to his story.

vigilante/border patrol guy from an observational perspective, who these reviewers disagree with, therefore they dock this documentary for it, whereas otherwise they claim to have enjoyed it.

While this serves as an engaging and immediate narrative, it provides for a bit of a tunnel-visioned experience to the broader picture on the war on drugs.

The Mexican side of this documentary is more than intriguing.

Intense and Informative .

)I began watching this believing it was a documentary, and it was compelling.

Although the intentions of the Autodefensas are good, they ultimately fall prey to their own peasant culture; once established in a town, the members revert to "flirting" with the local girls and start engaging in their own forms of corruption.

It made for some really bad pacing issues, when they cut away from the intense story in Mexico to the one in Arizona.

As a result, it feels underdeveloped and takes away attention from what's going on in Mexico, which is gripping enough without having to share screen time.

In telling the story it is compelling stuff because what is undeniable is that these are people who have been failed.

It's borderline, boring, most of the time.

Without spoiling 'Cartel Land' too much, I have to say, while the story of Autodefensas (Self-Defender Force) was very compelling, with all the raids and gun-fights sequences.

I watched Sicario recently, which was an enjoyable thriller which used the war against the cartels as its backdrop, and the complexity of the 'war' as one of its plot threads.

I suppose picturing of Nailer and his team must have been a boring experience, especially the ones with night vision cameras, because there is nothing happening, except catching absolutely exhausted immigrants and treating them badly.

Riveting, and revolting, looks at the Mexican cartels .