Miss Bala (Spanish: Miss Bullet) is a 2019 action thriller film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, based on the 2011 Mexican film of the same name. The film stars Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Córdova and Anthony Mackie, and follows a woman who trains to take down a drug cartel after they kidnap her friend.
It was released in the United States on February 1, 2019, by Columbia Pictures. While Rodriquez’ performance received some praise, critics compared the film unfavorably to the original, saying it suffered from “bland action and predictable story beats”.
Gloria (Gina Rodriguez), who is a makeup artist from Los Angeles, visits her best friend Suzu in Tijuana, Mexico. But then Suzu suddenly disappears at a nightclub. In the process of searching for and rescuing her, Gloria gets kidnapped and is forced to smuggle laundered money for a drug cartel. She works her way into the good graces of their leader Lino as well as the DEA, which also takes part in this case. Gloria must turn the tables on everyone to escape and finds a power she never knew she had as she navigates a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, innovation, and strength.
Gina Rodriguez as Gloria Meyer
Ismael Cruz Córdova as Lino
Anthony Mackie as Jimmy
Aislinn Derbez as Isabel
Matt Lauria as Brian
Cristina Rodlo as Suzu
Ricardo Abarca as Pollo
Thomas Dekker as Justin
In April 2017, it was announced Catherine Hardwicke would direct the film, from a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, with Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz producing the film, with Andy Berman serving as an executive producer on the film. In May 2017, Gina Rodriguez and Ismael Cruz Córdova joined the cast of the film. In July 2017, Matt Lauria, Cristina Rodlo, and Aislinn Derbez joined the cast of the film. Anthony Mackie later joined the cast of the film. The cast and crew are said to be 95 percent Latino. Sony reportedly spent $15 million producing the film.
The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 1, 2019, after being previously set for January 25, 2019. It will be released in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2019.
In the United States and Canada, Miss Bala is projected to gross $6–9 million from 2,000 theaters in its opening weekend.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 30% based on 44 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Miss Bala suggests Gina Rodriguez has a future as an action hero; unfortunately, it also demonstrates how hard it is to balance set pieces against a compelling story.” On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews