there's a great story to be told of the leftward shift in latin american politics (and the history of colonialism, neoliberalism and globalization that lead to it), but oliver stone doesn't tell it. "south of the border" is primarily an introduction to the continent's political leaders, and almost all of them act like... politicians. a nice counterwieght to the fox news-ification of the region, but not a good movie.
An unfortunate case of bad embedded Journalism. Although Stone captured interesting patterns of American influence and "imperialism" in South America, he failed to look at Venezuela in its entirety and see the actual relationship between Chavez and his people, or the grave and unjust reality facing Venezuelans today. Chavez is no hero; he is a dictator and an unmerciful one at that. Too many large oversights.