Release year: 2014
Director: Michael Berry
Screenwriter: Michael Berry, Louis Moulinet
Starring: Ed Harris, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Amy Madigan, Aden Young, Michael Ray Escamilla, Seth Adkins, Daniel Zacapa
After crossing the borders illegally, Mexican Miguel (Peña) becomes the prime suspect of a murder. The husband of the victim is former sheriff Roy (Harris) who starts investigating the crime, thinking perhaps Miguel’s claim of innocence is true.
Berry’s feature film debut leaves great promise for his future career in movies. Getting the very best out of his terrific cast Berry delivers a confident and dramatic movie in style of a modern day western. Because with Harris’s stoic loner character and illegal Mexicans replacing the usuals Indians, this drama is told in western style right down to the cowboy hats, horses and ranches as we follow Miguel’s and Roy’s ways are crossed in the worst possible way. Harris (The Abyss, 1989) and Peña (Crash, 2004) are outstanding but a de-glamourised Longoria (Overboard, 2018) also proves she is much more than a desperate housewife. The settings are dusty, but the characters are far from. Well-written, they are characters to care for and gives extra power to the dramatic story. Beautiful cinematography and a pleasant pace only helps. This had limited release and there is a big chance you haven’t heard of it, but it is good and well worth your attention as it brings a realistic picture of today’s border problems.
Amy Madigan and Ed Harris are also husband and wife in real life.