A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Governments are powerful and, if corrupt, can hide their hands in crimes.
Positive Role Models
Diligent family members, crime experts, and journalists investigate the murders and press the authorities to release more evidence.
The action is set in Mexico with Mexican interviewees on camera.
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Violence & Scariness
Five people were tortured and killed in 2015. Miniature models of the crime scene are shown with bits of red coloring showing where blood was at the real crime scene. Faceless actors do a reenactment of the crime. Weapons allegedly used at the crime scene include a potato peeler and guns. Someone was shot in the back of the head. The victims were bound. Someone's throat was slit.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It's claimed that at least one of the victims was a sex worker. The government investigators claim that the seedy side of the sex trade can result in murder sometimes, but evidence showed no one had had sex during the crime, challenging the official theory of the crime.
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"F--k," "s--t," and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The government claimed that drug trafficking may have caused a dispute that led to the deaths. Use of cocaine and marijuana is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that In Broad Daylight: The Narvarte Case is a Mexican documentary that suggests government corruption in a cover-up following the 2015 Mexico City murder of five people. It's alleged by the government that some of the victims were involved in drug use and sex work, an explanation for the killings presumably designed to deflect attention from the political activism of two of the victims and reasons the government would want them dead. An imagined reenactment of the crime uses red paint to suggest blood stains. The victims were tortured. Weapons allegedly used at the crime scene include a potato peeler and guns. Someone was shot in the back of the head. The victims were bound. Someone's throat was slit. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch." The use of cocaine and marijuana is mentioned. In Spanish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, although the intentions of In Broad Daylight: The Narvarte Case are noble, the execution is confusing, overlong, and inconclusive. The filmmakers often get lost in the weeds, to the degree that we can no longer follow what point they're trying to make. Is the evidence leading us to conclude that there was a political aspect to the crime, or were the victims actually caught in a drug or sex dispute? In short, much of this is either too long, too ponderous, or just incomprehensible. It takes a full hour to tell us that once researchers gained access to CCTV footage, the government theory on the killings unraveled. With regard to creating maximum suspense and comprehension, everything is told in the wrong order.
Additionally, a good documentary's biggest challenge is often how to create visual interest. Here we have long minutes of blurry photocopied documents dominating the visuals. The featured documents are barely legible. They're intercut with sometimes moving and sometimes dull talking heads and reenactments using both actors in a life-sized set and tiny dolls in a miniature version of the scene. It's clear the filmmakers worked hard on this, so it's unfortunate that the result isn't more engrossing.
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