Herods Law, Luis Estradas story of political corruptiona searing satire of the long-ruling Mexican Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI)was a phenomenon when released in 2000. Given that the PRI was still in power at the time of its release, thats not particularly surprising. And while some critics have charged Estradas obvious indignation does more harm than goodthe San Francisco Chronicle, for one, contended the filmmaker was so charged by anger and emotion that storytelling grows cloudedothers have been more forgiving. The Boston Globe said the film was an incisive, highly entertaining political farce and L.A. Weekly called it a bracingly sarcastic political comedy possessed of a baleful satiric eye for hypocrisy and greed. At the very least, it could not be argued that Estrada wasnt passionate about his work. As for the results, well, you can decide for yourself.
— CINEMA TROPICAL: The Latin American film series continues with Luis Estradas 2000 flick, Herods Law.7 p.m. at I-House. $6; $5 members/students/seniors. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org.
Originally published on December 9, 2004