La MISSION (2008)
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A reformed ex-convict and lowrider car aficionado kicks his beloved son out of the house after discovering that the boy has been living a secret life in Sundance Film Festival veteran Peter Bratt's heartfelt family drama. Che (Benjamin Bratt) is out of prison and on the straight and narrow. Still, every day is a struggle as he battles alcoholism and drives a bus in order to support his family. When the workday is done, Che and his friends, the "Mission Boyz," pass the time by restoring junked
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I don't require acceptance and reconciliation, and La Mission is forthright in avoiding easy answers. But does the screenplay shortchange Che by painting him more broadly at the film's end than he seemed at the beginning?
The problem is that the screenplay to La Mission should never have gone before the cameras in this condition.
Observing the phases both father and son endure as they try to forgive and prioritize in order to survive makes La Mission a poignant and unusual film, one that you won't soon forget.
The movie might suffice on late-night cable, but it is hardly worth big-screen prices.
Benjamin Bratt brings his A-game to a difficult, potentially clichéd role.
The warmth comes through, even if the storytelling is simplistic and clichéd.
Looks and sounds great with beautiful low-rider cars, colorful location shots and a unique musical score composed by South African musician Mark Kilian ("Rendition"), along with some classic golden oldies on the soundtrack.
Without a big budget and little promotion, the creators of 'La Mission' brought together one of the more memorable movies of the year.
I found myself totally absorbed, even welcomed, into this little tucked-away subculture.
,,,a flawed but occasionally powerful elegy for a neighborhood in transition.
Peter Bratt's film, which stars and was co-produced by his brother, Benjamin, beautifully captures a community on the edge.
An entertaining, sincere effort livened by the magnetic performance of Bratt.
A well-intentioned film that nonetheless falls head first into the kind of surface-level clichés and stereotypes that are usually reserved for basic cable TV movies.
La Mission feels more like Sundance fodder from 20 or 25 years ago than something with much relevance today.
Benjamin Bratt ably depicts both sides of this character and creates a memorable portrait in the process.
Heavy with messages, but it's good-hearted and sincere and creates a strong sense of place.
Lowriders, alcoholism, interracial romance, gang bullies, gay hysteria. The list goes on and on. So does the movie.
More "after-school-special" than theatrical release material, "La Mission" is a movie that doesn't know how to get at the real story it wants to tell.
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