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One of those skillfully crafted, unflinching works that nevertheless leaves you questioning what the point of all the queasiness might be.
I'm not sorry I saw Heli, but the squeamish should know what they're in for.
Life is not only tough in Amat Escalante's bracing film Héli. It is brutal and senseless. And yet the Mexican filmmaker conveys a certain message of resilience through his troubling story of a regular family whose world is upended by a savage drug cartel.
For all the horrors Heli reveals about modern-day Mexico, it's stubbornly lacking in insight about the characters that live there.
Heli executes its shocks with sleek, gasp-inducing effectiveness, but neither it politics, nor its shifts in physical perspective, ever surprise or disorientate us.
Heli is a combination of neo-realism and visceral brutality, absolutely unforgiving in the depths it dares audiences to plunge.
A dark tale, Heli is certainly not easy viewing but Escalante's bleak journey is one worth taking, for its raw and intense power is often rather extraordinary.
Squint, and the title makes more sense. Shut your eyes entirely to its horrors and you'll really miss out.
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