MISS BALA movie review
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) stars as Gloria, an American tourist, visiting her friend in Mexico. The friend goes missing after a drug cartel attacks a night club. As she searches for her friend, Gloria becomes involved in the drug cartel and now has to decide whether to work with the cartel or help bring them down.
MISS BALA is a roller coaster with many twists and turns. Gloria constantly goes from being a helpless victim to being the one in control only to have the carpet yanked out from under her yet again. Some of the twists are predictable but some are unexpected and keep the film moving forward at a decent pace.
The film is far from perfect. There are some moments of odd awkward silence but these work with the plot as Gloria observes her situation and tries to plan her next move. MISS BALA flirts with over the top ridiculousness and constantly feels like it’s about to jump the shark but just barely avoids it each time.
MISS BALA has action, twists, a couple car chases, a couple gun fights, suspense, and mystery. At times it feels a bit misogynistic and uncomfortable but it also has some empowering moments where the female hero rises.
3 out of 5 stars