Wednesday, July 10

Movie Review: Sin Nombre

Length: 1 & 36 mins
Released: May 20, 2009
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Rating: R
Directed By: Cary Fukunaga
Where I Got It: borrowed from library

This epic dramatic thriller following a Honduran teenager who reunites with her long-estranged father and attempts to emigrate to America with him in order to start a new life.  Meanwhile, in Mexico, Tapachula teen Casper (aka Casper), has gotten caught up with the notorious Mara Salvatrucha street gang. He's just delivered a new recruit to the Maras in the form of desperate 12-year-old Smiley, and though the youngster's initiation proves particularly rough, she adapts to gang life rather quickly. As involved as Casper is with the Mara, he does his best to keep his relationship with girlfriend Martha Marlene.

Sayra - Paulina Gaitan
Willy/Casper - Edgar Flores
Smiley - Kristyan Ferrer
Lil' Mago - Tenoch Huerta Mejia
Martha Marlene - Diana Garcia
Leche - Hector Jimenez
El Sol - Luis Fernando Pena


Been wanting to watch this for a while now and Boyfriend stumbled upon this at his library (I will make an account there because they have many more resources to get things then mine does).  ^.^ 

There is so much to say about this movie. It was a really deep and emotional and realistic movie that follows a gang member who did something bad and is on the run from his gang and a girl who is trying to sneak into America for a better life. The two come into connect and found their fate with each other. The way they met was clever and seemed realistic and not forced. They are from two completely different ways of life. If you expect a HEA ending...then you are dreaming. This movie broke my heart so many times, but I really adored it. As you know...I love my tragedies and this did fit into that category.

There were a few instances that I was unsure on what was happening and why. Some events happened so quickly that I feel like I missed a couple things due to blinking. At one point I did have to rewind a couple minutes to understand a scene. Other then that the lay out and the story-line was wonderfully done. The actors and director did wonderful too. Except for the girl who played Sayra...she reminded me of a Hispanic version of Kristen Stewart (Bella from the Twilight films). She was a very dry and emotionless actress. Even during one part where she was being attacked...I didn't feel that she was scared for her life. Oh well, I guess.

Then there was the ending....

I can't decide if I like it or not. first I was in utter shock and anger! Now I'm unsure. Sighs. I guess I have a love hate relationship with it. I can't say much more for fear of giving away a spoiler. But yeah...I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it and figure out if I like it or not.

In the end, I did like this movie and I'm so happy I finally got to see it. Thank you Boyfriend for finding it for me! On the majority, the acting was good (besides for Sayra who is the Hispanic twin for Bella Swann). The storytelling was done well and I applaud this new director. I loved the tragedy and the realistic charm of this film. It was deep and had a great moral lesson mixed in. Poor Willy. *sad face* This would be a good film for those that like drama movies and that like people movies. This is a POV not done much in movies. The gangster running away from his gang and a person who wants a better life in the USA. Though it is wrong...I was rooting for her and her family. In conclusion, I shall stamp this with 5 stars. In reality, it is more like 4.5, but since I don't give decimals, I rounded.

Favorite Character(s): Willy/Casper (*sad face*), Uncle Orlando, Sayra (though she highly reminded me of a certain someone), and Smiley's Grandma (hehe)
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Lil' Mago, Le Sol, and Sayra's Dad (>.>)


Blodeuedd said...

I have not heard of this one bfore

Carole Rae said...

It is really went under the raider though.