Film is Reality To Southwest border states
I appreciated the subject matter that this low-budget and true-to-life film. The cinematography was better than most big budgets as mentioned earlier. The budget did not call for big name actors, but for the actors with little to no acting--exhibited good performances with depth. I grew to understand and care about the protagonist and his family. Frustration in the apathy of the desecration of their land, lawlessness, lack of government support; though taxes are paid. This easily builds a catalyst for men who try to do what is right. This is evident in the beginning of the film, and later around one hour, 5 minutes.
Those that say the bad guys are "really bad" fail to remember the violence in this movie is muted compared to the real life torture and decapitations of hundred to thousands of men and women. This film is fictitious, but the sentiment and crimes are reality today. People that live along the border lands, are all too familiar with the dead bodies that are found, the rapes, and retaliation by drug cartels, or local drug gangs. If you want to see gruesome reality then Google this article: (Warning***): Warning Graphic: Cartel Execution Photos Highlight Violence Near Texas Border. Or Google Texas Monthly articles on border crime, or other border issues for a good overview this movie conveys
There is no easy answer. It's hard not to get political because neither side has an answer. IMO this film touched on the very core of a person protecting family, their land, their rights as a citizen, and decency to others....sadness of "another dead kid" on his property; and burning of that horrific bush, and all it represents. Those crimes and death are real. I felt this film gave us a little taste of that on a miser budget.