“ Nailer is a fascinating character although I keep thinking that there is more to his story.
“ 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.
“ It really did seem like it was a feature film because it's full of action and intense drama.
“ 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.
“ It's just pretentious and, really, disgusting.
“ 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.
“ Liberal Hollywood propaganda .
“ Worth watching!
“) militia patrolling parts of the Mexican border for immigrants, could be compelling.
“ Riveting, and revolting, looks at the Mexican cartels .
“ 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.
“ It made for some really bad pacing issues, when they cut away from the intense story in Mexico to the one in Arizona.
“ So, to see them, order murders, breaking and entertaining, beating and torturing their capturers.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“ Thrilling, depressive, informative, and balanced look at a complex issue which ultimately comes down to the inevitable corruption that comes with power (SPOILERS) .
“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.
“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 a very good documentary film, very gripping and interesting storyline with the characters.
“ 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.
“ 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 only certain conclusion from Matthew Heiman's bleak, compelling film is that the war on drugs is a war that can only be lost.
“ That is a darn shame, as "Cartel Land" makes for compelling, if at times uncomfortable, viewing.
“ The quality of the images, the story and of the film in general are mind blowing!
“ 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.
“ This moving and compelling documentary paints a vivid picture of the tragic situation involving the cartels, police, military, government, and citizens of Mexico.
“ 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 are other such scenes in this riveting, and revolting, documentary.
“ The Mexican side of this documentary is more than intriguing.
“ Stunning footage with a misguided narrative .
“ 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.
“ 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.
“It had a few dull moments, lot like a pause in the narration or took a wrong diversion after the first half.
“ I found it to be a bit slow-paced at times, but also pretty compelling.
“ 2015's 'Cartel Land', is gripping.
“ Still, it's definitely worth the watch.
“)I began watching this believing it was a documentary, and it was compelling.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“ Intense and Informative .
“ 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.