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La Zona

La Zona (2007)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 4

A slick and smart Mexican thriller of middle-class panic and vigilantism, that is lean, mean and often shocking.

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A slick and smart Mexican thriller of middle-class panic and vigilantism, that is lean, mean and often shocking.



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At a time when the growing chasm between the rich and the poor appears to be slowly tearing Mexico - and many other Latin countries - apart, first time filmmaker Rodrigo Plá highlights just how isolationism breeds fear in many wealthy communities. Alejandro (Daniel Tovar) lives with his father Daniel (Daniel Giménez Cacho) and his mother Mariana Maribel Verdú) in an isolated community known as La Zona. La Zona is home to the most privileged citizens in Mexico, but with all of the gates and



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May 12, 2009


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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (4)

This slick, serious-minded tale of upper-crust vigilantes protecting their gated community at any cost is a nihilistic but thoughtful portrait of a country divided .

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Some may sniff at director Rodrigo Plá's deliberately exaggerated style, but it makes no pretensions to authenticity. Indeed, it's just audacious enough to work -- like Crash reimagined by Rod Serling.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Signals another promising discovery in a film industry that is definitely coming into its own golden age.

September 18, 2007
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An impressive feature debut that sweeps the viewer into the horrors of vigilante justice

September 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Un excelente thriller dramático, narrado con precisión y buen elenco, que es sobre todo una inquietante reflexión sobre uno de los temas más candentes y polémicos de nuestro tiempo.

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Latin American middle-class panic needs no translation in this strong thriller about the worries of the wealthy. Fans of JG Ballard's novels will relish it.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

The viral atmosphere of intimidation is alarming, and thick with resonant premonitions of a legion of dystopian urban tomorrows.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A smart movie, dramatically lean and mean, exciting and often shocking.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

Dark, compelling, and with the courage of its hard-nosed convictions, La Zona starts off gripping and squeezes like a vice come the disturbing conclusion.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Director Rodrigo Plá pulls off a biting critique of middle-classes living in smug seclusion, but doesn't compromise on tension as the suburbanites' morals spiral out of control.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A Mexican thriller-with- a-message, brings the message and forgets the thrills.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The screenwriter, Laura Santullo, is slightly heavy-handed at times, but she expertly captures the mood of paranoia and self-righteousness gripping this middle-class enclave.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent

This is a well-made realist study of what happens when society is divided between rich and poor. But it is also so schematic that some of its power drains away.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Gripping thriller with strong performances and a script that is both chilling and scarily prescient.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Sacrifica o que poderia se tornar um forte comentário político em função da absoluta falta de sutileza com que desenvolve a narrativa.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

An explosive Mexican drama depicting how the poor are being given the shaft in a class war that is raging around the world as the privilges of the rich and the powerful are protected.

March 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If the insult of La Zona is not as significant as Paul Haggis's Crash, that's because director Rodrigo Plá doesn't trivialize a society's racial dynamics, only its class relations.

March 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

a complex, ambitious anatomisation of the workings of justice in a deeply iniquitous world

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

...a slow-moving drama...

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Audience Reviews for La Zona

Efficient if unspectacular drama probing the ethics of gated communities. Benefits from its setting in Mexico but says little new that American films (and particularly German 'The Edukators' ) haven't explored adequately.
March 6, 2011
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It?s easy to get a little lost in the storyline early on here, the acting is of a good standard, but have to admit that I found odd moments boring at times, however the last 15 minutes or so totally make this film and has a very hard impact that insists you take notice.
November 13, 2009

Super Reviewer

This film was an excellent selection playing at this year's San Diego Latino Film Festival. I doubt if it will receive any sort of promotion or theatrical release in America, but it should.

This is the story of a blocked-off community in the heart of Mexico City. The gated neighborhood is called La Zona and it is a sole entity in the eyes of the city. The residents of this zone have made a pact with the city to be left alone and live in peace. They abide by their own rules and have their own committee which mimics a sort of small-scale government.

However, one night--a breach in security allows for three outsiders to intrude the zone and a manhunt is soon in place to find the men who pose a threat to the safety and security of their idealistic village.

The film is magnificent in its message and social commentary. The performances of every member of the cast were brilliant and brought such gravitas to a project that had potential based on its story; but really needed good actors to carry it through.

The film relies on world-events to make its point loud and clear. It evokes a plethora of emotions in the audience and makes for a really entertaining time--plus it brings a refreshing look at the way we see one another in the world--whether its people living across the street or across an ocean.
March 24, 2008

Super Reviewer

LA ZONA is more an accomplishment of writing and directing (by newcomer RODRIGO PLA), than of acting, since most of the film's performances are dry and mechanic, with the exceptions of Daniel Giménez Cacho, Maribel Verdú and Daniel Tovar. A very interesting story about violence and corruption that tells us that the worst dangers could be in our own neighborhood.
March 19, 2008

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