Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk is a 2015 American western horror film directed, written and co-scored by S. Craig Zahler in his directorial debut, and stars Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, David Arquette and Sid Haig. Produced by Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier, the film had its world premiere at the Fantastic Fest on September 25, 2015 and was given a limited release on October 23, 2015, by RLJ Entertainment.

I dunno if I would actually label this movie as horror. It’s restricted to us a couple of scenes of tension or horrific acts. Set in the 1890s two robbers Purvis and Buddy, are making a living robbing and killing travelers. Spooked by the sound of approaching horses, they hide in the hills and encounter a¬†Native American¬†burial site. Buddy is killed by an arrow, and Purvis escapes. He hides his stuff in the next town and goes to the bar. His appearance arouses the suspicions of the backup deputy sherrif Chicory, who alerts the town’s sheriff Franklin Hunt and the two approach Purvis and ask him about the things he hid. ¬†Sheriff Hunt shoots Purvis in the leg when he tries to escape. Hunt sends John Brooder, a local educated man and known womanizer who witnesses the shooting, to fetch the town’s doctor.

Town foreman Arthur O’Dwyer is resting his broken leg at home with his wife, nurse Samantha who is called to help Purvis as the doctor is passed out drunk. She stays back as Purvis has a bad fever. At night an unseen person or persons kills a stable boy and steals horses. They also abduct Samantha, deputy Nick and Purvis offscreen. Hunt thinks they could have been natives and calls a local resident who is a native. He informs them that the murder of the stable boy and the abduction seems to be the work of a¬†troglodyte¬†clan. He tells Hunt of the clan’s dwelling place, “Valley of the Starving Men”, and warns him that they are a group of¬†cannibalistic¬†savages. Hunt goes after them with Chicory and Brooder, who volunteers, and Arthur who despite his injury won’t stay behind.

On their way to the valley, two strangers stumble across their camp. Fearing they are scouts for a raid, Brooder kills them and they set up a cold camp elsewhere to avoid being attacked. During the night, a group of raiders ambushes them, injure Brooder’s horse and steal the rest.¬†After a day of walking, a fight breaks out between Brooder and Arthur, exacerbating Arthur’s broken leg. Chicory sets his leg and leaves him behind to recover, while he, Hunt, and Brooder move on. At the valley arrows are shot at the three men and Brooder is injured badly but they kill two attackers. Brooder makes them leave and takes out 3 more before being killed himself. The attackers capture Hunt and Chicory and imprison them in their cave. The men find Samantha, and an injured Nick, imprisoned in a nearby cage.

They inform Hunt that the tribesmen have already killed and eaten Purvis. They witness Nick removed from his cell, stripped, brutally¬†scalped, and¬†bisected alive, then consumed in a truly brutal scene. Samantha estimates the number of hostile cannibals to be around twelve (reduced to nine earlier by Hunt’s posse). Hunt uses some opium tincture in a flask and lure the troglodytes to drink it. ¬†only one drinks a fatal dose, and only one becomes unconscious. Meanwhile, Arthur wakes up, follows the men’s trail and discovers the valley. He kills two tribesmen and notices an object embedded in their windpipes. After cutting one out, he realizes it is like a whistle. He blows on it, luring another tribesman close, then kills him.

The leader, with wild boar tusks, gets angry and with another of his men pull Hunt outta his cell and cut him in the abdomen. He then takes Hunt’s rifle and shoots him in the arm and abdomen. Arthur arrives and kills one of the tribesmen, while Hunt kills the leader with one of the tribe’s bone tomahawks.¬†Arthur frees Samantha and Chicory, while a mortally wounded Hunt stays behind with his rifle. He prepares to kill the surviving cannibals when they return, to prevent them from terrorizing Bright Hope. As the three leave the cave, they see two pregnant females, who are blinded and have all their limbs amputated. After a bit they hear three gun shots and they smile knowing that Hunt has killed the remaining 3 and they make their way home.

It was quite a bit dull and dragging. I feel that the movie should have been shorter as there were long periods of little activity and just walking or talking. The movie lacks in excitement or even intrigue. When the team get captured though things begin to pick up. 6 outta 10!

Arsenal 2 Watford 0

Arsenal have developed a “winning mentality” under new manager Unai Emery, said defender Rob Holding after their seventh successive victory in all competitions. A 2-0 victory over Watford at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to two goals in the last nine minutes, secured the Gunners’ fifth league win in a row. They now sit fifth in the table, behind fourth-placed north London rivals Tottenham on goal difference. Watford captain Troy Deeney criticised Arsenal’s¬†lack of desire¬†after their 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road last season. But on Saturday he faced a more committed Arsenal, who prevented Watford from scoring in the league for the first time this season.

Alex Iwobi, introduced midway through the second half, was the catalyst behind Arsenal’s win. The Nigerian’s driven low ball from the right resulted in Arsenal’s opener, inadvertently turned in by Watford’s Craig Cathcart. Two minutes later Iwobi was involved in a one-two with Alexandre Lacazette, who delivered a low cross for Mesut Ozil to sidefoot home. With the game goalless, Arsenal substitute keeper Bernd Leno made a great one-handed save to deny Deeney, while Isaac Success fired narrowly wide of the far post. Emery made two key tactical decisions against Watford, bringing on Iwobi for Aaron Ramsey and sticking by Lacazette in attack.

Ramsey, who looks to be¬†on his way out of the club,¬†shook his head as he was replaced by Iwobi in the 63rd minute. The Wales international failed to influence the game, while Iwobi added pace to midfield to complement the speed of Arsenal’s front two on the break. It was from two swift attacks that Arsenal broke the deadlock. Petr Cech’s hamstring injury in first-half stoppage time led to the league debut for ¬£19m summer signing Leno. The 26-year-old German produced an exceptional low save to deny Deeney and also produced a great block to stop Andre Gray. Leno might keep hold of the jersey after Emery suggested Cech will be out for two to three weeks.

A Hole In Man

…….And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness.

All the animals drew near to him and said, “We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.”

The Man said, “I want to have good sight.”
The vulture replied, “You shall have mine.”

The Man said, “I want to be strong.”
The jaguar said, “You shall be strong like me.”

Then the Man said, “I long to know the secrets of the earth.”
The serpent replied, “I will show them to you.”

And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, “Now the Man knows much, he’ll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid.”

The deer said, “The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop.”

But the owl replied, “No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, ‘I am no more and I have nothing left to give.'”

Vodka + Cranberry Juice Dreams Dashed

The Cape Cod or Cape Codder is a type of cocktail made with only fruit juice and spirits. The name refers to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a peninsula and popular tourist destination located in the eastern United States which is famous for growing cranberries. A Cape Cod is made with vodka and cranberry juice, and may be garnished with a lime wedge. Proportions vary, with sources giving a recommended vodka-to-juice ratio of 1/4, 1/3.7, 1/2 and 1/1.5, while other sources do not recommend precise proportions. Some sources recommend lime juice instead of a lime wedge garnish.

This is what I was hoping to down a few of this long weekend, while chillaxing at home. I imagined me, fried chicken for dinner, several glasses of vodka & cranberry juice. Knowing about the 4 day weekend in advance, I even purchased a set of long glasses for juice/cocktail drinks so I could enjoy drinking them in these glasses. Especially since I loved the way the vodka and Smirnoff Espresso vodka looked in similar glasses 2 weeks ago in Couchyn Bar. By the way, I actually thought I was buying just one single glass at Rs.412 + taxes and thinking it was expensive for just one and finding out that it’s actually a 6 glass set.

So anyway, I’ve had a bad cold and cough and phlegm infection since Tuesday and today the cold and cough is gone but the infection remains. Oh all the bad luck! 4 days off and if I cannot drink then I will go crazy. Well, I could drink but I don’t drink if I am unwell or recovering.

4 Day Staycation Coming Up!

We have a 4 day staycation coming up, people! This is actually due to an agreement with our company. Tuesday is Gandhi Jayanthi and thus a national holiday. With Saturday & Sunday off, we’d have to come in to work on Monday, which is usually ok. But we have 150 new hire employees who are currently in training and most of them aren’t from Cochin. Rather than having them come in on Monday, we give them an off on Monday and make them work on Saturday.

Simple and easy solution. And good for all of us too in the training department as we get to enjoy a 4 days vacation. Much needed one. And I can tell you this, with a sinus infection and a cough, no one needs it more than I do! I dunno what I will do these 4 days, as planning does not seem to work out for me whenever I have 3 or 4 days off. Instead I will wing it and see what happens and how I feel. If I feel good I will go out tomorrow and do a bit of shopping.

If I do feel better than I plan on staying in on Saturday and go out on Sunday or Monday. I would like to go to buy a few shirts and collect my pants that I have given for stitching. I hope I get to do that and enjoy a day out with a nice lunch. Doesn’t look like I will be drinking though.

Child’s Play 2

Child’s Play 2 is a 1990 American slasher film and the sequel to Child’s Play, written by Don Mancini and directed by John Lafia, one of the co-writers in the first film. It is the second film in the Child’s Play franchise and set two years after the first film; the plot follows Charles Lee Ray (better known as Chucky) continuing his pursuit for Andy Barclay, who was placed in foster care, and transferring his soul into him after being resurrected. The film stars Alex Vincent, who returns as Andy Barclay; Gerrit Graham and Jenny Agutter as Andy’s foster parents; Christine Elise as Kyle; and Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky.

The sequel is set 2 years later, the toy company PlayPals determine that there is nothing wrong with the dolls and start production again. Somehow the Chucky doll, is refitted and brought to the factory. One of the men working on Chucky is killed by electrocution. As a result, the CEO of the company, Mr. Sullivan (Peter Haskell), orders his assistant Mattson (Greg Germann) to cover the accident and get rid of Chucky. With Andy’s mother in a mental institute, the boy us now in foster care and is sent to live with ¬†Phil (Gerrit Graham) and Joanne Simpson (Jenny Agutter). In his new home, Andy meets his new foster sister Kyle (Christine Elise).

The electrocution resurrects Chucky and he finds out Andy’s foster home address and kills Mattson in his car. At the house, Chucky finds “Tommy” a Good Guy doll in the Simpson’s house, that had scared Andy, and activates him by accident. He destroys it using a destroys him with Joanne’s ornament. Chucky then buries the doll in the garden and takes his place as “Tommy”. Phil punishes Andy and Kyle, believing one of them broke the ornament. After Andy spends the rest of the day with Kyle, he is attacked by Chucky, who ties him up and gags him with socks in order to possess him, but the ritual is stopped by Kyle.¬†After Andy claimed Chucky tied him up, Phil throws Chucky in the basement. Chucky, left alone, comes back to life and discovers a major¬†nosebleed¬†of his, meaning he‚Äôs going human again. Therefore, he realizes that if he doesn‚Äôt get in Andy‚Äôs body in time, he will remain as a doll.

Chucky follows Andy to school and gets him in trouble there and even kills his teacher. Phil is thinking of sending Andy back to the foster center. Later that night, Andy tries to kill Chucky with an¬†electric knife¬†in the basement, but Chucky attacks him. Phil goes to investigate the commotion but Chucky trips and¬†neck-snaps¬†him, killing him. Joanne, convinced that Andy murdered Phil, sends him back to the foster center. Kyle discovers the buried doll in the garden and realizes Andy was telling the truth all along and rushes in to warn Joanne only to find her dead. Chucky burst from the blankets of the bed behind her and attacks Kyle. Kyle is then forced by Chucky to drive him to the center to find Andy. There, during a false fire alarm, Chucky kills Grace and orders Andy to take him to the PlayPals “Good Guys” factory for the transfer.

At the factory Chucks tries to complete the ritual but it is too late and he seems to be stuck in the dolls body. Kyle arrives and together with Andy they evade Chucky and then pours molten plastic all over him. Andy then saves Kyle by pulling her off of a conveyor belt, and shows her Chucky’s melted body. Kyle thinks that the doll is dead, but Chucky jolts up and struggles with her, until she shoves a helium tube in his mouth, resulting in his head exploding. After Kyle and Andy escape the factory, Kyle tells them they’re going home. Andy asks where that is, to which Kyle says she doesn’t know.

A good sequel to the first movie and one I remember watching all those years ago. It’s a solid cast as well. I give it a 7 outta 10!

Arsenal 3 Brentford 1

Danny Welbeck scored twice to send Arsenal into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with victory over Championship side Brentford. The striker headed in Matteo Guendouzi’s cross after five minutes before poking home a brilliant move before half-time at Emirates Stadium. Brentford’s Alan Judge curled a superb 20-yard free-kick into the top corner after the break.Substitute Alexandre Lacazette scored a third for Arsenal in stoppage time.

The Frenchman pounced on a loose ball and slotted home, before Mohamed Elneny had a goal ruled out for offside. Arsenal dominated the first half and looked comfortable at the start of the second before Judge’s goal – his first in 942 days following a¬†double leg break. Yoann Barbet drew a save from Arsenal summer signing Bernd Leno before Canos dragged wide and Judge fluffed an effort. Leno, making only his second start for the Gunners, had almost turned the ball into his own net early in the game after mis-controlling a pass.

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe was bright throughout, coming close in the first half on his full debut. The 18-year-old was one of nine changes manager Unai Emery made to his starting XI following Sunday’s Premier League win over Everton. Brentford made seven changes as defender Moses Odubajo was handed a debut on his return to the club after recovering from a serious knee injury. Arsenal have not lost a home match in this competition against a side from outside the top flight since 1983. The draw for the fourth round will take place on Saturday.

Catholic Priests & Nuns Jokes

1. Q: What kind of fun does a priest have?
A: Nun.

2. Q: How do you get rid of a nun’s hiccups???
A: Tell her she’s pregnant!!!

3. Q: What is the definition of suspicion?
A: A nun doing press-ups in a cucumber field.

4. Q: What is the definition of innocence?
A: A nun working in a condom factory thinking she’s making sleeping bags for mice.

5. Q: What do you call a nun who walks in her sleep?
A: A roaming catholic.

6. Q: What do you call a nun with a sex change operation?
A: A tran-sister.

7. Q: How do you get a nun pregnant?
A: Dress her up as an altar boy.

8.Q: What’s black and white and red and has trouble getting through a revolving door?
A: A nun with a spear through her head!

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: Josh Brolin Movies

This year really is the year of Josh Brolin as he prominently featured in 3 major films. I’ve never seen him as the big leading man, though he has some of those, but he is a pretty good actors. So here are my top 11 movies in which Josh Brolin has a major role.

  • Deadpool 2
  • Avengers : Infinity War
  • Goonies
  • Hollow Man
  • No Country For Old Men
  • Men In Black 3
  • Sicario
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  • True Grit
  • Grindhouse

Beirut

Beirut, also known as The Negotiator (UK), is a 2018 American espionage thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Tony Gilroy. Set in 1982 during the Lebanese Civil War, the film stars Jon Hamm as a former U.S. diplomat who returns to service in the titular city of Beirut in order to save a colleague from the group responsible for the death of his family. Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Shea Whigham, Larry Pine and Mark Pellegrino also star. Principal photography began in Morocco in June 2016.

Mason Skiles, leaves Beirut in 1972 after his wife Nadia is killed at a party at their diplomat’s residence house. ¬†They have recently begun caring for Karim, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who claims he is without a family.¬†While hosting a party, Skiles is confronted by his friend,¬†CIA officer Cal Riley, who wishes to question Karim, whose brother has been linked to the 1972¬†Munich massacre. The party is attacked by Karim’s brother, Rami, who abducts Karim; in the ensuing gunfight, Nadia is killed. 10 years later, working as a labour disputes lawyer, he is approached by the CIA to go to Beirut and negotiate the release of Cal, who has been kidnapped by a terrorist group.

They have asked for Mason specifically to be the negotiator. Mason’s leaves for Beirut under the guise of conducting an academic lecture in Lebanon, and is handed money, a plane ticket, and a passport.¬† He meets several government officials, including Donald Gaines, Colonel Gary Ruzak, and Frank Shalen, along with CIA officer Sandy Crowder, and learns that Cal Riley was recently abducted in Lebanon. At the meeting, Mason learns why he was asked to be involved – a grown up Karim is leading the group. Karim demands the release of his brother in exchange for Riley, despite the Americans’ protest that they do not have Rami in captivity and they in turn think Israel may have him.

Mason has a meeting with Alice, Cal’s estranged wife who tells him that Cal stayed in Beirut because of guilt at Nadia’s death. At the lecture, the building is bombed and Karim makes contact with Mason and takes him to see Riley, who tells him that the PLO has Rami. Before releasing Skiles, Karim threatens that unless Rami is returned later that night, he will sell Riley to Iran. Skiles returns to Riley’s apartment to search for clues, where he encounters Crowder. She reveals that Gaines had been stealing money from the embassy and that Riley had been preparing to make a report shortly before his disappearance. Skiles convinces Crowder that the PLO is holding Rami, and she steals $4 million from the CIA office to trade for Rami.

Mason attacks a PLO officer and arranges for exchanging Rami for money. At the exchange, Rami is shot and killed by a¬†Mossad¬†sniper in a nearby building but the Americans successfully escape. Before departing Beirut, Skiles learns that Gaines has unexpectedly retired and that Ruzak has left Beirut. Crowder announces her intention to apply for the newly vacant jobs, and Skiles offers his services as a negotiator. As the film ends, news footage is shown of the subsequent¬†Israeli invasion of Lebanon, increasing international involvement in the country, and, finally, the bombings of the¬†U.S. Embassy¬†and the¬†U.S. Marine Corps’ barracks¬†in Beirut in 1983.

Solid cast and some really good acting saves this film. It does have some fine moments and tension filled scenes. Give it a watch. 7.5 outta 10!

Arsenal 2 Everton 0

Two goals in three second-half minutes gave Arsenal victory over Everton and took them up to sixth in the Premier League table. Following a tight first half, in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin squandered a fine second-minute opening for Everton, the Gunners asserted control after the break. Alexandre Lacazette swept a curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the area after Aaron Ramsey’s pass. Shortly after, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poked in from close range after Mesut Ozil broke down the right, cut the ball back and Ramsey nudged it into the path of the Gabon international.

Replays suggested that Aubameyang was offside from Ramsey’s touch, though Everton could have few complaints from that point as a third for the hosts was more likely than a comeback from Marco Silva’s side. Everton had looked the more likely to score for 56 minutes at the Emirates, until Lacazette rifled in a superb opener. Two minutes and 57 seconds later, the visitors were two goals down. The Gunners had managed just one shot on target in the first half, with Jordan Pickford making a smart save from Nacho Monreal, but their superior quality in attack showed after the break as the club’s two most expensive signings quickly put the game beyond the Toffees.

Aubameyang appeared to be offside for the second, but Ozil was given time and space to pick out Ramsey in the build-up as a shell-shocked Everton left young full-back Jonjoe Kenny to deal with a three-on-one situation in their own area. Aubameyang and Lacazette are forming a potent partnership for Unai Emery’s side, both scoring in three of the past five Premier League games they have started together, while only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, with 16, has scored more than the Gabon striker’s 12 league goals since his Gunners debut in February. Emery may have been more satisfied with proceedings at the other end as Arsenal kept their first clean sheet of his tenure, although goalkeeper Petr Cech was largely to thank for that.

Marriage

What Are Your Beliefs About Marriage?

This from a 42 year old bachelor who does not see things changing any time in the future due to various reasons. I love the idea of getting married and being married. I have no issues with commitments. I wish I had found the right woman for me, I wish my circumstances were different and I wish I could have gotten married by age 29-32. I just wish my situation was different.

I miss having someone to love and to love me. I miss having that companionship, a warm body to hold and to lay in bed with. I miss having a woman who loves me. I don’t think I will ever get that feeling again, it just doesn’t seem to work out for me. I am all for marriage. Get married by the age of 30, between the ages of 25-30 and stay married. Try to make the correct choice and work hard to make it work.

Compromise, adjustments, working together, partnership, companionship and the feeling of never ever being lonely as long as both of you are alive. Isn’t that what marriage should be? So yeah I am all for it.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

S W Dvogon Wallet

I love shopping online mainly because I am lazy to go to more than one store in person and I like the flexibility that online stores like Amazon.in, Snapdeal, Flipkart, eBay and now the new for me Club Factory provides.

Club Factory does not have the range of Amazon but they do have a nice collection nonetheless and their app is pretty darn good. It was a sponsored post on Facebook recently that led me to them and that was the first time I had ever heard about them though, on checking, some friends/colleagues have bought from them in the past and continue to do so.

I hadn’t and hence I was a little apprehensive when placing my two orders but I have got them both and am happy with the packaging and how the product looks. The packaging, though minimalist, is good enough but they could do better on the shipping time (which is 10-12 days and that is crazy for India). I bought two wallets and am loving them both. Why 2? Well one is a back up and a simple one but the other is this gorgeous beast you see in the upper left pic.

This wallet is from S W Dvogan (designer name I guess) and it’s a beautiful short paragraph wallet for men. It’s damn fine and looks and feels luxurious.

Superhero Stuff

Is anyone fed up or getting superhero movie fatigue? Not me. I hope the MCU carries on and on for a long, long time. As well as the DCEU grows and makes more movies and becomes as successful as the MCU. I do not see myself ever getting tired of it, though I do think more than 3-4 superhero films a year can be tedious.

I am excited about the upcoming films like Auquaman, Captain Marvel & the as of yet unnamed 4th Avengers film. I hope there will be a Ben Affleck Batman movie (or 2 or 3) and we are going to get Shazam, Wonder Woman 2, Cyborg & The Flash as well a new reboot Green Lantern film as well  by the time 2020 is done and dusted. That is good pacing.

Unlike a lot of fans I never was a big comics fan. I read some Superman, Batman, a bit of the Avengers, some Iron man, Thor, a bit of Green Arrow & Green Lantern and The Flash as a kid. Spiderman on tv as the cartoon but never read many comics and watched Batman & Superman movies and Wonder Woman on tv. I had never heard of Black Panther, Dr. Strange,  Deadpool, The X-Men, Captain Marvel etc until the movies were announced. My superhero was the Phantom, whose comics were very popular in India and which I read after moving here back in 1987.

Sicario

Sicario (Hitman) is a 2015 American crime thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve, written by Taylor Sheridan and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber.

After leading a successful FBI raid at a suspected Mexican cartel safehouse, where they discover dozens of decaying corpses and a booby trap that kills two policemen, agent ¬†Kate Macer is recommended by her boss for a¬†Department of Justice¬†special joint task force, overseen by Matt Graver (Brolin) and the secretive Alejandro Gillick (del Toro), to apprehend the¬†Sonora Cartel¬†lieutenant Manuel D√≠az (Bernardo Saracino). Assured that the task force will bring D√≠az and those responsible for the safehouse incident to justice, Kate joins even though her partner Reggie Wayne, isn’t asked to join.

They travel to Ciudad Ju√°rez, Mexico, with a large force including Mexican Federali agents, to extradite D√≠az’s brother and henchman, Guillermo Diaz and to preempt a possible ambush, the team kills several suspected Mexican cartel gunmen ‚ÄĒ shocking the conscientious Kate. Alejandro tortures Guillermo and learns that there’s a tunnel D√≠az uses to smuggle drugs into the U.S. Reggie & Kate have apprehensions of the task force‚Äôs illegal and seemingly inexplicable methods. Finally, Matt reveals that the objective is not to apprehend D√≠az as originally suggested, but to disrupt his drug operations to such a degree that D√≠az will be summoned back to Mexico by his boss, elusive Sonora Cartel drug lord Fausto Alarc√≥n. By following D√≠az, they will bring Alarc√≥n to justice.

While commiserating at a bar, Reggie introduces Kate to Ted (Jon Bernthal), a friend and Phoenix police officer. Kate and Ted go to her apartment, but as they become passionate, Kate realizes Ted is with the cartel. In the ensuing struggle, Ted begins strangling Kate, when Alejandro suddenly appears and subdues him. Alejandro and Matt reveal that they used her as bait, knowing the cartel would target her after she was seen at the bank raid. Alejandro and Matt torture Ted into revealing the names of other officers working for Díaz. Díaz is being recalled to Mexico, as they hoped.  Kate questions the good news, pointing out that they have no jurisdiction in Mexico. Matt states that she and Reggie were simply being used, as working with U.S. law officers grants the C.I.A. legal permission to continue.

Angered, Reggie advises that he and Kate leave the task force, but she insists on joining a task force raid on the tunnel to learn more about the operation’s true nature. At the Mexican end of the tunnel, Kate sees Alejandro kidnapping one of D√≠az’s drug mules, a¬†corrupt¬†Mexican police officer named Silvio (Maximiliano Hern√°ndez). Kate attempts to arrest Alejandro for his illegal act, but he shoots into her bulletproof vest before driving off with Silvio.¬†Realizing that Alejandro is operating illegally with the task force‚Äôs support, and that there was never any intention of bringing Alarc√≥n and D√≠az to justice through legal channels, Kate confronts Matt. Matt explains that they are attempting to return to a time when a single cartel,¬†Medell√≠n, ran the drug trade.

This monopoly gave the U.S. more control. Alejandro, a hitman who worked for Medell√≠n, was brought on to topple the Sonora Cartel by assassinating Alarc√≥n, thus reducing cartel competition. Alejandro‚Äôs own motive is revenge: Alarc√≥n had ordered the murder of Alejandro‚Äôs wife and daughter. In Mexico, Alejandro forces Silvio to drive him to D√≠az, kills Silvio, and forces Diaz to continue to Alarc√≥n. Reaching Alarc√≥n‚Äôs estate, Alejandro kills D√≠az, all the guards, and the entire Alarc√≥n family. Alejandro appears in Kate’s apartment, and forces her at gunpoint to sign a waiver legitimizing the operation. As he leaves, she aims her pistol at him, but cannot bring herself to pull the trigger. In¬†Nogales, Sonora, Silvio’s widow watches her son’s soccer game. The game is briefly interrupted by the sound of gunfire, before continuing.

At times I lost interest but at times I was pulled in deep and was enthralled by the events unfolding in the movie. I thought Blunt & Del Toro were fantastic as was Brolin. It’s a would recommend for people who like crime/cop movies and thrillers. 7.5 outta 10!