26 September 2023

There Are No Saints

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Director: Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, Defiant Screen Entertainment.

The road to redemption is paved with blood, but actions have consequences because this is what justice looks like.

Looking to start a new life, a former hitman Neto, nicknamed ‘The Jesuit’ (Jose Maria Yazpik, Narcos: Mexico) is unable to escape the sins of his past. When his only son is kidnapped by a ruthless cartel boss (Ron Perlman, Nightmare Alley), he has nowhere to turn, with enemies on both sides of the law.

The infamous Mexican hitman has been unconditionally released from prison after his death sentence was thrown out once the arresting officer admitted to planting evidence.

It’s after Neto is released from prison, he learns that his wife has been murdered and his son abducted. Devising an elaborate plan to rescue the boy and avenge his wife’s murder, he embarks on a rampage that takes him from Texas to the deep jungles of Mexico.

It’s been five years since he has seen his son Julio (Keidrich Sellati), but many of the people in the Texas town have a selfish motive. While the police welcome him home with violent traps, his wife’s (Paz Vega, 13 Minutes) new boyfriend (Neal McDonough, Captain America: The First Avenger) is a career criminal. His weird lawyer (Tim Roth, The Hateful Eight) gives him a dire warning: to leave town immediately as everyone from law enforcement to rival gangsters want Neto in a body bag.

The popular cast also includes Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy) and Shannyn Sossamon (Sleepy Hollow).

A romantic subplot involving one of the dancers seems unfeasible and, at times, some of the action clicks. While some might find the roughness a bit hard to digest, the film lives up to its title where nearly everyone is a disgraceful criminal.

  • There Are No Saints is available on DVD and Digital

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