El Chicano

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El Chicano represents a step forward for representation in superhero cinema -- unfortunately, its clichéd story is nothing more than ordinary.



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When L.A.P.D. Detective Diego Hernandez is assigned a career-making case investigating a vicious cartel, he uncovers links to his brother's supposed suicide and a turf battle that's about to swallow his neighborhood. Torn between playing by the book and seeking justice, he resurrects the masked street legend El Chicano. Now, out to take down his childhood buddy turned gang boss, he sets off a bloody war to defend his city and avenge his brother's murder

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  • Ben Hernandez Bray's "El Chicano" seldom amounts to anything more than a crude prototype for the kind of Latinx-driven superhero movies that Marvel and DC should already be making by now.

    May 14, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • This is a nasty, brutal little movie, more in the vein of a grindhouse revenge flick than anything else. But it's effectively done...

    May 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [El Chicano] functions most effectively when it explores the dangers of moral ambiguity.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Like in this year's remake of Miss Bala, the Mexicans in this movie are the bad guys, the drug-running cartel members ruining it for the rest of us in the United States.

    May 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The problem here isn't the fairly apparent budgetary limits - it's the limitations of style and imagination.

    May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • It's dull and banal, coasting on familiarity from beginning to end. Here, the clichés don't celebrate a reunion. They're at war.

    May 2, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Vikram Murthi

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