A slightly tighter edit would have helped this somewhat overlong movie. Either way, I began to sympathize a bit with him when he met Julie and was suddenly scared to talk to her. In real life it was a rival gang that shanked Cadena, something that also upset his followers. He is a criminal and so I had very little pity for him. In real life he was a Croatian who happened to live near Santana and became his best friend. American Me short for American Mexican will make you terrified at the idea of being incarcerated. Based on real people, this movie offended many members of the Mexican Mafia, mostly due to one scene where their revered founder is shown being forcibly raped as a teenager.
Based on real people, this movie offended many members of the Mexican Mafia, mostly due to one scene where their revered founder is shown being forcibly raped as a teenager.
Cadena left, returned shortly and stabbed the man to death, sending a clear message to everyone else. Here he is a thirty-something year old man and he has never had sex with -or even danced with- a woman before. The direction by Olmos drags a bit. He started to care for someone else who would not, in any way, benefit his gang. American Me offers a bleak, brutal look at life behind bars, where life is cheap and violence a matter of survival. His father neglected him. The film's run time is a bit long and a little less of Santana and a smidgen more of J.