Bordertown With JLo and Antonio Banderas
September 12, 2021 9:03pm CST
I watched Bordertown, the new Jennifer Lopez movie, about hundreds of murdered women in Juarez, Mexico. She plays the role of a Chicago reporter named Lauren, who heads to Juarez to investigate the murders. The movie is somewhat based on the several unsolved murders of young women who have been kidnapped and murdered since 1993. Lauren goes to investigate knowing very little Spanish. She becomes involved with one of the girls who escapes death literally climbing out of her grave and can identify her assailants. The movie shows corruption, injustice, unfairness of women factory workers in Juarez, the bordertown near El Paso. You see the filth, shanty towns, and how NAFTA exploits these women as well. The movie is good but for someone who can't understand Spanish, it can be frustrating trying to understand what is being said in some of the scenes. It's a time those annoying subtitles would come in handy. Though it mixed in the true stories of women being raped and disappearing, the movie went more into being a thriller then continuing to tell the story of those who deserve to tell their own but can't since they are dead and/or missing. From what I read, El Paso and Mexico did not want this movie made. It's like they wanted the killings to be swept under the rug. Have you seen this movie or recommend one you have seen recently?
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I have not seen the movie, I have been at El Paso, I decided not to cross the border to check the other side, not tempting. I remember an old movie with Charlton Heston about investigations and corruption in a border city in Mexico, the movie is "Touch of Evil".
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I'll look that movie up. I had to stay the night in El Paso once when caught in bad weather while traveling. The only time I went to Mexico was to Cabo San Lucas. We went to the resort and only left long enough to go to their version of Safeway to get food to cook while staying there. We were told not to venture far.