Only on their own

While searching for information for the review of the movie "City of Death", I learned that during the filming there were several unpleasant incidents. Director Gregory Navo was threatened with death, one of the employees of the set was beaten by Mexican police, and recording equipment was even stolen. I was also able to find out that most of the so-called "dead women matters in Juarez", unresolved by 2003, have retained the terrifying status quo until today. Not only that, in August 2006, law enforcement agencies completely closed the case, stating that no international laws had been violated. Amnesty International reported that about four hundred women lost their lives, while the actual number of victims was over five thousand. Nava presented very similar facts in his production, but at first I approached them with some distance. In "City of Death" it was quickly reported that the story is based on real events, but as it happens with movies - they often get overstated. My skepticism evaporated after finding information confirming that given in production. He was replaced by shock and disbelief that the 21st century is witnessing such scandalous practices. The heroine of the film is the ambitious journalist Lauren Adrian. Wanting to be promoted, he decides to unravel the mystery of rapes and murders of young women in the city of Juarez at the Mexican-American border. She manages to find one of the victims who managed to survive and escape. He decides to help a young girl. From this moment on, Lauren's life is also at risk. Gregory Navy's image takes on a deeper meaning, looking at it through the prism of the information I have included in the opening paragraph. The creator of "My family", regardless of adversity and aversion from people who would be able to hurt him, created a groundbreaking film in a way.

He was the first to show the horror that innocent people experience right under the nose of the economic power of the United States.

Rape and murder are really the tragic tip of the iceberg, which are conspiracies, collusion, corruption and exploitation.

International economic agreements, which aimed at improving living standards and enabling earnings, have turned into a source of practically slave labor.

In the movie "City of Death" we are witnessing all the horrors I have just mentioned. Nava is not afraid to talk about them directly, pointing to the guilty ones.

Policemen, lawyers, officials, businessmen - all have the task of covering up traces, blurring clues, silencing witnesses.

Brutal murder scenes and shocking shots of mass graves are extremely suggestive and constitute the strength of the film, which as a whole can be described as, unfortunately, only average. The script is full of feature holes and incomprehensible jumps of action, and the dialogues sometimes blatant pretentiousness. Retrospectives on Lauren's traumatic past seemed completely unnecessary to me, which bring absolutely nothing to history and are intended only to lengthen the film artificially. The choice of Jennifer Lopez for the main role in a painting about such a serious subject was not the best. The star of "Selena" is bland for most of the movie - she doesn't convince, at times she is embarrassingly unnatural, often her play falls into infantility. It gives the impression that it could not bear such a difficult role. Supporting characters look much better, especially Maya Zapata in the role of Eva, a victim who managed to survive the assault. Banderas is also doing well as Alfonso Diaz, former lover of Lauren.

By the way, this thread also seems superfluous in the context of the whole picture. What makes the film, despite its shortcomings, pleasantly watch are expressive photos combined with dynamic editing. Reynaldo Villalobos skillfully filmed the dirty and narrow streets of a small town and you get the impression that we are walking around Juarez with the characters.

Grainy photos seem filled with the scorching Mexican sun, while during shots depicting American cities - they are kept in a cold tone. Technically, "City of Death" cannot be blamed for negligence. In short, the film of the creator of "El Norte" does not knock down neither fiction nor acting, but at the same time it does not let you forget about yourself. 6666 The problem presented in the "City of Death" still exists, and the most terrifying is that organizations capable of taking any action to improve the situation - completely abandoned them, leaving the Mexican women alone.

It's a pity these ideas However, it is important to talk about this matter. Talk not to forget.

And "City of Death" is such a voice disappearing in hypocrisy. .