La Zona
La Zona (2007)

At a time when the growing chasm between the rich and the poor appears to be slowly tearing Mexico - and many other Latin countries - apart, first time filmmaker Rodrigo Plá highlights just how isolationism breeds fear in many wealthy… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 12, 2009
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A slick and smart Mexican thriller of middle-class panic and vigilantism, that is lean, mean and often shocking.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This slick, serious-minded tale of upper-crust vigilantes protecting their gated community at any cost is a nihilistic but thoughtful portrait of a country divided .

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Jay Weissberg

An impressive feature debut that sweeps the viewer into the horrors of vigilante justice

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James Christopher
Times [UK]

The viral atmosphere of intimidation is alarming, and thick with resonant premonitions of a legion of dystopian urban tomorrows.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Some may sniff at director Rodrigo Plá's deliberately exaggerated style, but it makes no pretensions to authenticity. Indeed, it's just audacious enough to work -- like Crash reimagined by Rod Serling.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un excelente thriller dramático, narrado con precisión y buen elenco, que es sobre todo una inquietante reflexión sobre uno de los temas más candentes y polémicos de nuestro tiempo.

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Peter Bradshaw

A smart movie, dramatically lean and mean, exciting and often shocking.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Signals another promising discovery in a film industry that is definitely coming into its own golden age.

Jamie Russell

Latin American middle-class panic needs no translation in this strong thriller about the worries of the wealthy. Fans of JG Ballard's novels will relish it.

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Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

Dark, compelling, and with the courage of its hard-nosed convictions, La Zona starts off gripping and squeezes like a vice come the disturbing conclusion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon Anderson
Efficient if unspectacular drama probing the ethics of gated communities. Benefits from its setting in Mexico but says little new that American films (and… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
LA ZONA is more an accomplishment of writing and directing (by newcomer RODRIGO PLA), than of acting, since most of the film's performances are dry and… More
Lady D'arbanville
It?s easy to get a little lost in the storyline early on here, the acting is of a good standard, but have to admit that I found odd moments boring at times,… More
Quinto Wallight
Wow! That "Skimo" guy has more talent in him than I had given him credit before and does a great job as one of the few likeable characters. This film… More
Rico Zamora
This film was an excellent selection playing at this year's San Diego Latino Film Festival. I doubt if it will receive any sort of promotion or theatrical… More