Scumbag criminal “El Cocoroco” has a craving for an apple, so him and his partner rob a convenience store and shoot up everyone inside in the store, but 2 boys & a little girl somehow manage to survive the shooting. At the funeral of their parents, the 2 brothers Pancho & Luis and the little girl Lupita all make a promise to be together always & to become what they want to be in life. Now adults—Pancho has become a cop just like his late father was and it is a very promising career for him since he’s very good at capturing really bad criminals alongside his female partner with whom he may or may not be crushing on. Luis is a mechanic at an auto shop and is in a loving relationship with Lupita. Their life sounds simple, but to Luis they’re too poor to marry and have a real life together, so he struggles with the thought of that and somewhat envies the success of Pancho’s career. When Luis meets a woman called “La Susana”; they have an affair and this leads to Luis neglecting Lupita and turning to a life of crime since La Susana is a drug trafficker. Things get even worse when El Cocoroco has returned to the city and reunites with his fellow criminal partners to commit more crimes & brutal assaults. Pancho is assigned to capture him and El Cocoroco does not make it easy for his capture since he leaves him a severed head in his car trunk as a brutal warning to stay away and later he kidnaps Pancho’s partner and rapes her!
Violaciones: Casos De La Vida Real (aka “Violations: Real Life Cases”) is an homage to the brutal crime magazines that have captivated Mexicans & other Latinos for many years. They’re called “Nota Rojas” (red notes) and Violaciones is basically from the pages of those magazines since it features brutal murders & assaults committed by some really scummy people that have often been written about. Violaciones features scenes of brutal murders & rape and adding heavy drama to them just as the magazines would have. There’s a scene that reminded me of many photos from those magazines and it’s because this scene features a dead young girl laying beside a doll with a knife punctured into it. These Nota Rojas always featured images of twisted brutality just like in this scene! Now what makes this movie more special for me is that it was directed by Julio Ruiz Llaneza, Julio was the director of my favorite Mexican rape/revenge movie Venganza Suicida and also directed the comedic mexi-giallo A Garrote Limpio and the revenge movie Muertes Anunciadas. If you’re familiar with Llaneza’s work, then you’ll know his movies will feature plenty of brutal scenes & lots of cool action and that is exactly how Violaciones goes!
Next to its intriguing brutality & action; Violaciones features an amazing cast such as Jorge Reynoso as the always serious vengeful cop Pancho and his partner is played by Lina Santos who's such a badass because she gladly guns down bad fuckers & blow up their cars. Seeing Lina in action is a pleasure for us all. The brutal criminal & main antagonist El Cocoroco is played by Roberto Ballesteros and as usual he plays a bad person very well and our other antagonist La Susana is played by the ever so wonderful Silvia Pasquel. Pasquel can play any type of role perfectly and here she wonderfully plays a manipulative & evil woman. Pancho’s brother Luis is played by the ever awesome Julio Aldama who seems to always play the good guy turn bad. Have we not seen him go bad before? Oh yeah, please do remember Terror En Los Barrios and Pacto Sangriento!
Should you watch Violaciones: Casos De La Vida Real? Absolutely. Is it too brutal for some? I wouldn’t think so, since the movie comes off brutal at certain times, but not always. The movie overall just has a good story to tell and with characters portrayed by some of the coolest actors ever. Violaciones is not to be missed. A must see.