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.
Farran Smith Nehme
June 11, 2014