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448 Ratings


Directed by Amat Escalante
Mexico, France, 2013
Drama, Crime, Romance


Heli is confronted with police corruption, drug trafficking, sexual exploitation, love, guilt and revenge in the search for his father who has mysteriously disappeared.

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Heli Directed by Amat Escalante
Director Amat Escalante’s domestic scenes have some feeling, despite wan non-pro actors. But he’s clearly more interested in the violence, like the aforementioned torture scene. The torture is supposed to be unflinching and bold, but it’s just deadening. The real unflinching truth is that an average newspaper reporter can do a more artful, compassionate job with a drug-war story than this movie does.
June 11, 2014
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Escalante masters the vibe by being both meticulously realist — he uses digital sleights of hand, as we know from Los Bastardos, but you can’t see them — and coolly observational. Heli is nothing if not a piece of controlled moviemaking.
June 11, 2014
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The problem with Heli is that “hard to watch” is its sole characteristic. The rest of the movie isn’t as graphically awful as its centerpiece torture sequence, but it does little more than flatly illustrate the obvious—namely, that the drug war is very bad news for ordinary, well-meaning Mexicans.
June 10, 2014
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