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Borderland Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ February 5, 2017
This is one of those types of movies where a quarter rating system would work. Because while this movie is better, to me, than just average, it's also not good enough to get the 3 stars. It's a solid movie and it falls somewhere in the middle between 2.5 and 3 stars. 2.75 would have been a perfect rating, but I understand the reasoning behind keeping it half stars. I don't actually know what the reasoning is, to be frank, but I'm sure it's about keeping the Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes as user-friendly as possible. Quarter ratings aren't necessary, they'd just be for dorks like me who actually take this seriously. Well, I mean, it is one of my hobbies and I do enjoy it very much, but I wouldn't say that I take this seriously. I used to, some of my earlier reviews were so fucking pretentious, as if I was actually getting paid. They sucked back then. They still suck now, but at least now I'm far more aloof and my "style", if it can even be called that, is more conversational than anything else. This is how I would talk to my friends if they asked for my thoughts on a particular movie. Perhaps I'd be a little more eloquent, because sometimes I don't even know what I write or how I write it. I bet I have the writing level of a sixth-grader. But I digress, this movie is fairly solid all things considered. It reminds me, somewhat, of the Owen Wilson movie No Escape. The movie was a bit of a mixed bag for me, but I felt that the movie played into that white fear of going to visit a country, whose citizens may be colored (oh my goodness), and then that entire trip going to hell due to violence, kidnapping, murder, rapes, etc, etc. No Escape was a movie made for the Fox News audience. This movie has some of that, for sure, the fact that the movie takes place in Mexico and makes the entire country, for the most part, look third world, its people are either cannon fodder, romantic interests or trying to kill the heroes. You know all of the stereotypes. But I get it, I mean, I get it. Every great country has its uglier elements and those elements should be portrayed as well or you're not providing an accurate portrayal of what that particularly country might be like. Otherwise every movie that took place in a foreign country would look like a tourism ad. But the problems with movies like this is that people are still very naive. And this is more relevant with a film like No Escape, which more people watched when compared to this one. People take a film like No Escape and they see its evil foreigners or its uglier elements and assume that that's what the country must be like. It's absurd. I don't have any actual data to back this up, but I'm certain there's a good percentage of people out there that, subconsciously or not, react this way. This movie isn't much of a problem, since this is a smaller 'horror' movie. And I use quotation marks because this really isn't even a horror movie, even though this was a part of After Dark's 8 Films to Die For. I mean it is in the sense that what happens to Ed, Henry, Phil and Valeria is horrifying, at least from Phil's point of view, he was the one who was kidnapped to be sacrificed by this cult to gain the power of Nganga, who's some kind of spiritual healer according to Wikipedia. It doesn't really make sense, since why would you want to be a spiritual healer? I mean there's nothing wrong with that, but I think the villain needed more, you know, malevolent reasons to be doing what he's doing. But that's neither here nor there. The fact that this movie is inspired by an actual cult is what gives it its horror and not the fact that it has scares or anything of the sort. Well, I mean it does have gore, but this isn't a movie that's overloaded with them. Like I said, I felt the movie was actually pretty solid all things considered. The acting is considerably better than I could have possibly thought, the movie is decently written and I was kinda compelled to see where the story went. I will say that there's no reason this movie should've been longer than 90 minutes, but it was. I think, for pacing's sake, some trimming would have made the movie a little better, at least to me. It's well-shot, at least for 2007, I think horror movies are a little more sophisticated on the technical aspects, at least the really high quality independent horror flicks. This doesn't compare to that, of course, but it's well-shot. Cinematography's got that grimy, dirty look, but it works given the setting. It helps add to the mood. The climax itself may have been a little too violent, given its inspired by real events (I know creative liberties were taken here), for my tastes. But it is what it is. The third act felt a little out of place, even though the movie did have its share of gore leading to it, but it's not bad. I can't say much else about this movie honestly. This is a fairly solid movie, but one that I'm not likely to remember by this time next week. It's on Amazon Prime, if you'd like to watch it.
½ December 19, 2016
mmm i didn't like it - it's just gorey. it's like all the other american touristy type horror films. they eat shrooms, get high, & kind of act like assholes, so as you can imagine, that doesn't get them into a very good spot. & the fact that they can't speak spanish doesn't help.
October 17, 2016
Extremely underrated and underappreciated movie can't believe how low user reviews are great character development that rises above cliche stereotypes,amazing well told story and good all around performances by actors entertaining trilling gruesome ride.
August 14, 2016
Audio mix is sloppy; background music and room tone overpower the dialogue. The last 30 minutes is basically just a gore fest and frankly difficult to stomach.
½ January 5, 2016
Wow! What an intense movie. Had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Bloody, violent, grim, dark, raw and gratifying. Lots of blood and some very dark, sinister characters. Loved it!
November 10, 2015
Borderland is one of those films that is so realistic in it subject matter, it will scare you away from doing certain things in real life. The story revolves around 3 guys who travel to Mexico for a fun weekend and end up pissing the wrong people off and you can guess what happens. It is gritty and real without any over the top moments to keep it grounded. This is all based on a true story so that makes it even more thrilling as you watch, knowing that this could potentially happen to anyone. It reminded me of the Hostel movies a little, with lots of blood, gore and torture scenes. There wasn't much horror in the film, but plenty of intense moments with the feeling of dread for the characters. If you have ever been to Mexico, this movie will give you a little scared about going again. Great acting coupled with a solid story, makes Borderland a great watch for anyone looking for a fun, gripping flick.
October 21, 2015
I will not be taking a trip to any Mexican border town anytime EVER!
½ September 20, 2015
Bloody as hell, gory as hell. What more could you ask for. Not a lot going on with the plot, but it's not really necessary. Kinda like a Mexican version of Hostel.
½ August 18, 2015
Couldn't finish it. Not a horror movie. More like a suspenseful drama based on true events. Slow start and the main story doesn't even start until 45 minutes into the movie. I was super hopeful and wildly disappointed. Not worth a watch.
July 29, 2015
Didn't even finish this one. :P
½ May 21, 2015
Possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.
February 16, 2015
Plays with multiple genres but pulls of some of them while being entertaining for the most don't buy though.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
A true story based movie and it has some content similar to the hostel movies , violence , some torture scenes altho not as much. Story follows 3 friends in the border of US / Mexico with a lawless place with dangerous ppl.. Sean Austin have a role here aswell in a bit different way what he usually makes. Overall a well made movie with some creepy stuff that no one would like to face..
September 29, 2014
Borderland is maybe one of those horror pioneers together with Hostel that makes dark brutal scenes to its next level, and might be one of the best After Dark releases in years. It is decent and weak at times in terms of storytelling and bad acting but it gives the goods for Horror nuts aficionados.
September 6, 2014
A film the starts with pretty shocking violence and this continues at times throughout the film, we're talking 'Hostel' style violence and torture, but probably worse, then think of that as based on a true story and it becomes quite a disturbing tale. The acting at the beginning however (Mexican) was much more natural and believable than when it became American and for me that stood out. It has been done before, not sure where else it can go, but as already mentioned this was based on a true story, so for that at least it was an intriguing watch
June 10, 2014
Borderland (Zev Berman, 2007)

Forgettable thriller/torture-porn piece about a trio of clueless college students who head for Mexico to pursue extracurricular activities and end up running afoul of a gang of supernatural drug dealers. (No, really.) There were a few interesting set-pieces, and adding a supernatural element made some of the torture-porn elements of the script feel amusing rather than tiresome and overdone, but the simple fact is that a few days after I watched it, I had two or three images left in my head and had to go read a couple of synopses of the movie to remember anything about it. Not worth going out of your way for, but empty calories for those who enjoy this sort of fare. **
½ March 21, 2014
Sindsyg film. vanvittigt at tænke på den er baseret på virkelige hændelser.
½ March 7, 2014
Survival mexicain. Pas trop mal.
February 16, 2014
Strong and Astin steal this great movie!
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