Cartel Land

2015, Documentary, 1h 38m

101 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Raw, brutal, and bitter, Cartel Land offers a ground-level look at vigilante efforts to thwart organized crime at the Mexican-American border. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Audience Reviews for Cartel Land

  • Apr 04, 2016
    Reality has Never Been so Riveting A visceral, kinetic, breath-taking, and highly effective documentary, Cartel Land is a film that stands above the rest in its story-telling and authenticity. The embedded filmmaker follows two organic resistance groups to the incredibly violent drug cartels, a group of disgruntled and frustrated militia members on the US side, an an armed civilian uprising on the Mexican side. What results is a film that absolutely mesmerizes the viewer with heart-pounding action, first-person testimony, and undeniable carnage. You can read about Cartel violence or be transported to it with this documentary, a film that is apolitical and only seeks to inform. Excellent 4.5/5 Stars
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  • Mar 18, 2016
    Could not stop watching this....this is just a fascinating film. Glad that it got nominated for best documentary.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2015
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  • Nov 04, 2015
    What is most admirable in this excellent film is how Heineman risks his life in the middle of the crossfire with his camera so that he can show us this tragic, appalling and complex situation to which there seems to be no solution and where one step forward means two steps back.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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