A lucid and visionary investigation on Mexican drug cartels and the men that silently fight against them; Heineman's documentary brings the human experience of such heroes back to light, proving how often good men get unjustly ostracized by political figures surveiling from above. CARTEL LAND is a brave achievement in documentary filmmaking & a cinematic voyage that deserves the attention it has been receiving.
I had no idea that parts of Mexico have become so desperate due to the drug war. Gripping documentary about a really interesting subject. Some of the "action" sequences are better than the likes of what Michael Mann has been putting out for years. I especially liked the exploration of vigilantism and how the militia have effectively turned into the cartels they wanted to stop. It is beautifully shot too.
Cartel land, un documental que realmente parece una película... donde muestra que no solos los narcos quieren seguir con este negocio, como es el caso de las autodefensas, algo que comenzó con la mejor de las intenciones por el Dr. Mireles... este documental demuestra que en vez de terminar con el problema finalmente terminan haciéndolos aun más fuertes
Im a fan of anything genuine and this feels real, as documentary's go, this is basically a guy following people around with a camera. The cartel horrors are brutal and inhuman, yet the government seem to brush it under the carpet. Sadly the towns in the direction of the trafficking are at high risk of corruption and threats, so they try to fight back, although violence breeds fear and power fuels greed.
Amazing vérité, but the politics are from a far too American perspective. In this war on drugs the only baddies are conscienceless and corrupt Mexicans. American drug dealers, users, politicians, the military industrial complex, Wall street and Hollywood do not feature. Watch 'The War on Democracy' (2007) for balance.
Terribile ed inquietante documentario di Heineman,che racconta uno spaccato di guerra che troppo spesso viene romanzato ed edulcorato da Hollywood.Quì invece il taglio è netto,si racconta di uomini e di violenza,non c'è speranza,si tagliano teste e si rastrellano case come fosse l'unica cosa da fare nella vita.Gente disperata,storie raggelanti,personaggi che dovrebbero sparire dalla Terra: lacerante davvero.
a documentary that looks more like a feature film showing how much of the war on drugs is complete bullshit. there is no binary characterization of people involved. everything is dissatisfyingly grey showing how local warlords fueled on profit and disregard for human life are dissolving the very fabric of communities they poison.
Loved it. This is one of these rare drug/political documentaries which show how pointless it all is in a country overridden by corruption and drug traffic in which everybody scores although it's technically illegal, and everybody double crosses one another.
Diverse,bit chaotic. Shows cartel and dealing with it is a main theme but above that we follow a story of Mexican community who fight against it. When they losing the leader they becoming allies of government, who support cartel.On the other side group of Americans checking the border, with a mission of small steps to fight it.There is not change as everyone is under an umbrella of cartel, which exists in symbiosis.