i wanted 2 go 2 Mexico...
but chotto kowai na...
This film had kept me on wondering what was going to happen next, as literally no one really had much of a chance to escape alive.
Although the film was a little different from what really happened, it kept pretty close to the real thing. It's quite shocking the director of this film had someone he knew get killed by the mexicans.
It wasn't even two hours long but it felt like it would never end, thanks to the director's decision to (spoiler alert) kill off the main bad guy twenty minutes or so before the picture was over, leaving the remainder for our hero to mop up the villain's last three remaining goons.
And don't even get me started on the film's depiction of Mexico; everyone is either a prostitute or a bandito, and in one scene, there are goats in a police station. Goats! In a police station! Now all we need is a donkey show and we'll have achieved a black out on our racist-and-outdated-caricature-of-Mexico BINGO cards. If the humans can't even get the police to investigate a murder, what chance do the goats have?
What makes offenses like this particularly egregious is that the film was made in Mexico and had a great number of Mexican castmembers, but apparently the director didn't learn while on location, working with Mexicans, that perhaps Mexico wasn't the place he thought it was. In fact, he seems to have deliberately ignored the complexity of the fascinating place he was in to create the cartoon that existed in his mind; never a good strategy for making a believable film.