An aspiring beauty queen finds herself in the wrong place at the worst possible time in this explosive crime thriller set amid Mexico’s increasingly violent drug war. After witnessing a shooting in a nightclub, the young woman is kidnapped and forced to work for ruthless gangsters in order to keep her dreams—and her family—alive.
Cast & Crew
Naranjo is unflinching in his determination not to serve up mindless entertainment.
Maybe the film doesn't add up to quite as much as its talented director, Gerardo Naranjo, seems to have hoped, but it is tense and propulsive.
Miss Bala is full of virtuoso single-take tracking shots and over-the-shoulder perspectives that effectively convey a sense of menace and momentum.
Naranjo offers a grim subject with neither flash nor sentiment. It is a sober film done with style.
This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story.
There is a larger message to be found here, but it never derails the taut vintage thriller that's been constructed.