"New Order" is a gripping action thriller from acclaimed writer-director Michel Franco (Chronic, After Lucia). Set in contemporary Mexico City, it follows the dramatic events that unfurl after a lavish high society wedding is interrupted by a violent nationwide uprising.
One star is generous
- New Order review by MonsieurK
The self-satisfied, avaricious, stone-hearted upper classes of Mexico City get their comeuppance when the underclass strikes back, but the underclass turns out to be nothing more than a mob of vengeful rapists, murderers and thieves – with a few tokenistic exceptions, who inevitably get slaughtered, as do the few tokenistically decent rich people. The New Order is no order at all – it's bloody anarchy. That's the Big Idea of this puerile and meretricious little film. Like Gaspar Noé - to whom he's often compared – Michel Franco obviously regards himself as something of a provocateur. But Noé's films do occasionally have a ghastly kind of panache, whereas New Order has absolutely nothing to commend it.
This alleged thriller from Mexico is is fact a horror. A murderous regime takes over a city, where it carries out atrocities. I watched most of it, but it seemed to be an orgy of violence with no redeeming features.
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