General Information

Glossary: C
Released Year: 2015
Runtime: 100 minutes
Genre: Action, Documentary, Drama, War
Directors: Matthew Heineman
Casts: Robert Hetrick, José Manuel Mireles Valverde
IMDB: Cartel Land (2015)

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User Rating:
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (9 votes, average: 4.11 out of 5)

IMDB Rating: 7.4


Village Voice - Amy Nicholson
Cartel Land is interested in how idealism becomes corrupt.
The Playlist - Katie Walsh
Heineman, in placing himself in such danger, has managed to create a remarkable and distinctive film that takes on a difficult issue that cannot be so conveniently remedied or ignored.
The Hollywood Reporter - Duane Byrge
Filmmaker Heineman vaults us into a true heart of darkness.
The Dissolve - Scott Tobias
Though Cartel Land isn’t interested in making fact-filled statements about the drug war, Heineman’s ingenious conceit gets at the difficulty ordinary people have in doing something about it.
Screen International - Unnamed
Matthew Heineman does break the mold in Cartel Land and gets inside citizens movements – better known as vigilantes – which overturn the cartels’ monopoly on violence, for a while.

Cartel Land (2015)

In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," shepherds a citizen uprising against the Knights Templar, the violent drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley—a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley—Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to halt Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border.