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Kingdom Of Shadows (2015)

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Kingdom of Shadows takes an unflinching look at the human cost of the U.S.-Mexico drug war through the perspectives of three unlikely individuals. Sister Consuelo Morales, based in the devastated city of Monterrey, prods government officials to take action against the drug cartels on behalf of grieving families whose loved ones have gone missing. Texan rancher Don Henry Ford Jr. offers historical context for the evolution to the hyper-violent state of drug trafficking today. He recounts his career as a smuggler during the 1980s before he served time for importing marijuana. Undercover agent-turned-senior Homeland Security officer Oscar Hagelsieb recounts his own remarkable journey and offers a unique perspective on the U.S.' role in the drug war. As the child of undocumented parents, Oscar grew up in an impoverished neighborhood where of his many peers gave in to the temptations of the drug economy.

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A hollow experience, emotionally stifled by its plotless nature and lack of any visual edge.

November 20, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Ruiz never manages to weave the multiple narratives into a complex but cohesive big picture as Steven Soderbergh did with the 2000 feature film "Traffic."

November 20, 2015 | Full Review…

As a rendering of Mexico's agonized convulsions, "Kingdom of Shadows" is unforgettable.

November 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Though at times too splintered by its various points of interest, Bernardo Ruiz's up-close-and-personal documentary is nonetheless harrowing in its details.

November 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Providing a chilling non-fiction parallel to the recent Sicario, Kingdom of Shadows is both heartbreaking and disturbing.

November 19, 2015 | Full Review…

"Kingdom of Shadows," written and directed by Emmy-nominated Bernardo* Ruiz​, is another important prophetic film from Hollywood and a call to action. It is gritty, haunting and somehow hopeful.

June 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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