La Zona
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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 communities. Alejandro (Daniel Tovar) lives with his father Daniel (Daniel Giménez Cacho) and his mother Mariana Maribel Verdú) in an isolated community known as La Zona. La Zona is home to the most privileged citizens in Mexico, but with all of the gates and closed circuit cameras it feels more like a million dollar prison than a typical neighborhood.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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 ."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"An impressive feature debut that sweeps the viewer into the horrors of vigilante justice"
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"The viral atmosphere of intimidation is alarming, and thick with resonant premonitions of a legion of dystopian urban tomorrows."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Director Rodrigo Plá pulls off a biting critique of middle-classes living in smug seclusion, but doesn't compromise on tension as the suburbanites' morals spiral out of control."
‑ Chris Hicks, Total Film
"This is a well-made realist study of what happens when society is divided between rich and poor. But it is also so schematic that some of its power drains away."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A smart movie, dramatically lean and mean, exciting and often shocking."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A Mexican thriller-with- a-message, brings the message and forgets the thrills."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Gripping thriller with strong performances and a script that is both chilling and scarily prescient."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Signals another promising discovery in a film industry that is definitely coming into its own golden age."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"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."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"The screenwriter, Laura Santullo, is slightly heavy-handed at times, but she expertly captures the mood of paranoia and self-righteousness gripping this middle-class enclave."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Sacrifica o que poderia se tornar um forte comentário político em função da absoluta falta de sutileza com que desenvolve a narrativa."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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