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La MISSION (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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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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Peter Bratt

Jul 20, 2010

$1.1M

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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?

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The problem is that the screenplay to La Mission should never have gone before the cameras in this condition.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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The movie might suffice on late-night cable, but it is hardly worth big-screen prices.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Benjamin Bratt brings his A-game to a difficult, potentially clichéd role.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The warmth comes through, even if the storytelling is simplistic and clichéd.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Has a false ring.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Without a big budget and little promotion, the creators of 'La Mission' brought together one of the more memorable movies of the year.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: BET.com
BET.com

I found myself totally absorbed, even welcomed, into this little tucked-away subculture.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

,,,a flawed but occasionally powerful elegy for a neighborhood in transition.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Peter Bratt's film, which stars and was co-produced by his brother, Benjamin, beautifully captures a community on the edge.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An entertaining, sincere effort livened by the magnetic performance of Bratt.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

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.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

La Mission feels more like Sundance fodder from 20 or 25 years ago than something with much relevance today.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Benjamin Bratt ably depicts both sides of this character and creates a memorable portrait in the process.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Heavy with messages, but it's good-hearted and sincere and creates a strong sense of place.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Lowriders, alcoholism, interracial romance, gang bullies, gay hysteria. The list goes on and on. So does the movie.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Writer-director Peter Bratt places Che at the center of a multiethnic community that illustrates how pervasive and entranced are notions of masculinity.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Press | Comment (1)
New York Press

Benjamin Bratt delivers a riveting performance.

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

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.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

This ripe subject for a sociological essay works less well as a feature film, as Peter Bratt fails to give it the complex shadings and three-dimensional depth it requires.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Audience Reviews for La MISSION

Being gay is tough on the kid and many movies show that. It was refreshing to see a "coming out" story that fallows the parent(s) dealing with the news. I came out in the south and it was god to see a West coast Latino "coming out" and see they are not very different. "Coming out" is a struggle for most and thank God some do have an easier experience, but the movie reminds us most have it difficult more so than easy. It is hard to remain true to yourself when someone you loves sees life completely differently.
September 5, 2010
Tomassgringo

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In "La Mission," Che Rivera(Benjamin Bratt, who is very good) works as a bus driver in San Francisco. In his spare time, he fixes up custom cars that take up space on a communal driveway, much to the consternation and complaints of his neighbor Lena(Erika Alexander). His latest is a special job for his son Jes(Jeremy Ray Valdez) for graduating high school before he moves away to college in Los Angeles. What Che doesn't know is that his son is gay and has a boyfriend, Jordan(Max Rosenak).

Even while it might be more concerned with delivering a message of acceptance(which fits in well with a lot of Che's friends watching Oprah) and non-violence(especially important in this day and age) than in telling a compelling story, "La Mission" also manages to be an introspective look at a part of San Francisco that is often ignored and is possibly in danger from gentrification. Along these same lines, the movie suffers from a slack pace('Low and slow' might be fine for an evening drive but it's not the way to go if you want to get anywhere.). And while sporadicly cliched, it still manages to surprise with occasional bouts of complexity. While it is certainly fine to respect traditions, it is inferred that Che might be spending too much time in the past, which is implied by the older music on the soundtrack and the cool cars, and is therefore less open minded than he should be.(In fact, Jes has grown out of his previous interest in the cars.) At the same time, he has successfully escaped his troubled past and built a new life.
July 14, 2011
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Walter M.

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Melodrama drenched in Latin American culture with a made for tv feel. The characters are involved. There just isn't enough dialogue to go on.
June 26, 2010
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