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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Stephanie Sigman
Irene Azuela
Directors
Gerardo Naranjo
Screenwriters
Gerardo Naranjo
Mauricio Katz
Running Time
113 minutes

Miss Bala
Mexican thriller that's a cut above


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Miss Bala

Plot
Aspiring young model Laura (Sigman) enters a beauty pageant dreaming of a future far away from her grim life in Tijuana. Instead she finds herself caught up in a nightclub massacre and kidnapped by cartel gunmen. Just when things couldn't get bleaker, she finds out what drug Lino (Noe Hernandez) has planned for her.


Verdict
That innocuous title disguises a Mexican thriller with genuine bite, though the hokey ending doesn't quite live up to the edgy plotting and Sigman's classy turn as a tough heroine in an impossible situation.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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