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Your Netflix Instant Weekend: BAJO LA SAL, SLEEP DEALER, and more

Brian Kelley

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May 11th, 2012

A week long near-drought brings a condensed version Your Netflix Instant Weekend this week. There very few titles of note added, though there are still a few gems to be found. If you're looking for other options, don't forget you can always look at entries from previous weeks for other ideas of titles to add to your queue! This week we're going to travel South of the border for a thriller and some sci-fi from Mexico.

BAJO LA SAL (UNDER THE SALT) (2008)

When bodies begin turning up in the salt mines of Santa Rosa de la Sal, police commander Trujillo travels to the small town to investigate. As the murders- the victims of which are all girls who go to the same high school- continue, Trujillo hones in on Victor, a horror-obsessed kid who makes disturbing animated movies with dolls. With beautiful scenery in the salt mines, plenty of suspicious characters, heaps of atmosphere and twist and turns aplenty, BAJO LA SAL is a solid thriller effort and perfect for everyone who loves a murder mystery.

SLEEP DEALER (2008)

Memo is a young man in Mexico in a dystopian future where the government has closed off waterways and the life-sustaining liquid is sold only at the highest of prices. After a personal tragedy he heads to Tijuana where he is implanted with nodes that lets him control a robot in the United States, allowing him to work in America without ever setting foot in it. Memo has an eye on revenge, though, and things are only complicated by the beautiful Luz. It's a film not heavy on plotting but big on exploring the potential endgame of existing border tensions and in that right it's rather fascinating science-fiction despite its obviously low budget.

The Wildcard - DIRTY LITTLE TRICK (2011)

Despite his wildly uneven output (and that's putting it a bit kindly these days), I'll give almost anything bearing Michael Madsen's name a shot. The best thing this movie has going for it is a hot girl with a gun on the poster. The worst? Dean Cain's  taking top billing. Er?

 

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