Director Catherine Hardwicke’s remake of the 2011 Mexican thriller Miss Bala drops an L.A. makeup artist (Gina Rodriguez) in the middle of a war between the DEA and a Mexican drug cartel. Rodriguez’s Gloria travels to Tijuana, Mexico, where she spent time as a child, to support her friend Suzu as she prepares to compete in a beauty pageant. The drug cartel attempts to kill a local police chief during a pre-pageant party, resulting in Suzu’s disappearance and Gloria agreeing to smuggle laundered money across the U.S.-Mexico border in return for the drug cartel’s help in finding Suzu. Gloria, though, is apprehended by DEA agents who want her to inform on the drug cartel’s charismatic leader Lino (Ismael Cruz Córdova). Miss Bala, written by Gareth Dunnett-Alcocer, opened Feb. 1. Native Houstonian Catherine Hardwicke studied architecture at the University of Texas before moving to L.A. and pursuing a career in film. She worked as a production designer on films by Richard Linklater, Cameron Crowe, and David O. Russell before making her directorial debut with 2003’s Thirteen. She has since directed Lords of Dogtown, The Nativity Story, Twilight, Red Riding Hood, Miss You Already, and Plush.
Aired: Jan. 31, 2019