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La Ley de Herodes (1999)

Written By Awir Aditya on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 | 3:05 PM

Genre: Comedy/Crime/Drama

Starring: Damian Alcazar, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Alex Cox, Leticia Huijara, Eduardo Lopez Rojas, Isela Vega, Salvador Sanchez

English title: Herod's Law. The Mexican PRI political party was notorious for its corrupt party members and shady dealings. Lopez (Armendariz Jr.) a PRI party leader appoints a janitor Juan Vargas (Alcazar) as the Mayor of a run-down Mexican village after its previous Mayor was murdered by locals due to his corrupt dealings. Lopez wanted someone stupid and insignificant to run the post until the new elections came so that the party does not lose ground. Juan is over-joyed that he has finally managed to taste success but his joy soon evaporates after he sees the dismal condition of the town. He tries hard to stay away from corruption and wrong-doings and tries to take the honest path in turning the town around. He soon realises that its a job that is not going to be very easy without the power of money and the force of a pistol. The movie has a very interesting start and promises a good two hours of entertainment. Juan's tireless struggle is definitely fun to watch but after a while can feel a little dragged. The genre takes a sudden twist around the half-way mark and it sheds the comic for crime and murder, a shift which seemed a bit too drastic and sudden. Fabulous performances and all in a all a nice neat watch.

Thumbs up: Great performances, good story
Thumbs down: Sudden shift of genre

Rating: 7.3/10
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