I am curious if the opening sequence was actual police footage or entirely recreated to resemble police footage.
The cartel element wasn't as central to the movie as I thought it would be (from the trailer). It was more of a peripheral element that is acknowledged in the storyline but not at all critical to the storyline. Of course, can't really expect 2 basic LAPD officers to actually take on a cartel, anyway.
After the movie, I felt disgust that such a place exists (or has to exist) in the USA. Those 2 LAPD are really in a war zone (with tribes and petty warlords and truly psychopathic personalities just walking about as regular as daylight), but unfortunately, we can only manage it as a police enforcement scenario. From their point of view, they have acclimated to it as normal life, but (I hope) from our point of view as foreigners to South Central and E LA, it is utterly horrifying what goes on there, or that such neighborhoods are just seen as a permanent and normal facet to CA (instead of a serious, serious problem that is a fundamental threat to civilized society). I'm not even saying that it can even be resolved with simply more enforcement. I'm saying these people have normalized to a way of life that is so far removed from civilized society, there is no coming back. They could not elect to live a different life, even if they tried, but those sensibilities are every bit as crucial to their survival in that environment.
Margot Robbie is THE most exquisite human creature on the face of the planet, in this moment in time.