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Bordertown (2008)





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The celebrated Latino director Gregory Nava (American Family) helmed, scripted, and co-produced (with star Jennifer Lopez) Bordertown - a suspense thriller with an A-list Hispanic cast. Lopez portrays Lauren Adrian, an American correspondent from a Chicago newspaper, who longs to cover the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Instead, Lauren's mentor at the paper, George Morgan (Martin Sheen) reassigns her to Mexico. She is promptly shuttled off to Juarez, a troubled community on the Texas-Mexico border rattled by a series of brutal, unsolved homicides. The victims - all young women, employed in the maquilla plants that manufacture electrical components for exportation to the U.S. - are uniformly found raped and strangled to death. One of those women, Eva, manages to escape her captors (who believe her dead) and flees not to the corrupt police, but to the local newspaper. There, her life intersects with those of Lauren and Lauren's former boyfriend and lover, the reporter Alfonso Diaz (Antonio Banderas). Suddenly, Lauren foresees, in the prospect of reporting Eva's story, an assignment that could bring her closer to Iraq than she ever dreamed possible. Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Maya Zapata and Juan Diego Botto co-star.more
Rating: R (for violence including a brutal rape, sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Gregory Nava
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2008
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Jennifer Lopez
as Lauren Adrian
Martin Sheen
as George Morgan
Antonio Banderas
as Alfonso Diaz
Teresa Ruiz
as Sen. Rawlings
Sonia Braga
as Teresa Casillas
Juan Diego Botto
as Marco A. Salamanca
Irineo Alvarez
as Domingo Esparza
Rene Rivera
as Aris Rodriguez
Zaide Silvia Gutiérr...
as Lourdes Jimenez
as Himself
Maya Zapata
as Eva Jimenez
John Norman
as Sen. Rawlings
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Critic Reviews for Bordertown

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

An unforgettable if sometimes heavy-handed film.

February 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Jennifer Lopez plays it tough and down and dirty, on the Mexican border.

Full Review… | October 25, 2007

The biggest weakness of Bordertown is its heavy-handed over-simplification of complex political and economic issues. That and Jennifer Lopez's massive ego.

Full Review… | September 5, 2007
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Bordertown


This is definately a social good film. Everyone should watch it to learn about what happens in and around Juarez. Very good performances, and startling imagery.

Keysha H

Super Reviewer

What an incredible story of a woman reporter who neglectfully takes on an investigative assignment that takes her on a dark journey that reminds her of her own past. See definitely shows what happens when poor people are underpaid, overworked, with no labor or human rights.

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

A film trying hard to be worthy but only succeeding in appearing shallow and exploititive. J.Lo is one of those "non-actors" who's lack of presence and skill seems to have a detrimental effect on all the real actors around her as they are sucked in to fill the vacuum.

The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

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