Sin Nombre

Posted 4/21/2009 by ro in
It's been a while since I've seen a film that I can't stop thinking about. Well it’s been 5 days and I still feel like I just left the theatre. There's just so much going on in this movie that is so perfectly orchestrated through the script, political atmosphere and a new voice in gang violence.
I guess the best place to start is the plot. The film introduces you to Casper, aka Willy, introducing his young friend 'Smiley' to a new way of life. You quickly are thrust into the world of MS-13 or the Mara Salvatrucha. This gang is known for its brutality and its extreme measures to keep members in the gang; if you try to leave MS they kill you, if you rat out the MS, they kill you, if you’re a member of another gang they kill you and then feed you to the dogs, you get the picture.
When Willy looses someone close to him because of his ties to the gang he begins to question what he's gotten into. As a punishment for lying to his leader he is subject to a 13 second beating, and hits the trains with Smiley and 'Lil Mago (the leader) to rob immigrants riding on top trying to get to the US border. It is here where Willy meets Sayra and then he makes a decision that will change his life forever.
Cary Fukunaga is the writer/director who shot primarily in Mexico. The cinematography is amazing. The story is amazing. The characters and actors are amazing, some of whom are in their first film. I can't say enough good things about this film. Below is the trailer with a short interview afterwards with the director.


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