Paraiso Travel (2007)
|Rating:||R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language, brief drug use and some violence)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International|
|Directed By:||Simon Brand|
|Written By:||Juan Rendon, Jorge Franco Ramos, Simon Brand|
|In Theaters:||Dec 1, 2007 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 13, 2009|
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Critic Reviews for Paraiso Travel
The tangled issue of illegal immigration gives Paraíso Travel its motivation, but thoughtful storytelling and committed performances give the movie its heart.
Jorge Franco's novel about a young Colombian couple who take a shot at the American Dream and land at the far side of paradise has made a vibrant transition to the big screen courtesy of acclaimed commercial and music video director Simon Brand.
Unfortunately, aside from the glimpses of the couple's nightmarish crossing, Brand never commands an aesthetic that galvanizes the pic's rather conventional moral oppositions.
Audience Reviews for Paraiso Travel
Entertaining, mildly funny but extremely overrated travesty about immigration. It tries to be moving without succeeding, displaying little intellectual or emotional complexity. the subject is trite, hackneyed. The characters are caricatures, the direction is too "clean" not a single speck of the so-called realism that I guess they tried to achive, no surprise the director used to make music videos, because every scene is treated with the same shallowness, falseness of that medium.
Paraiso Travel showed the struggles Colombian immigrants have to endure as they want to make a living in the United States. The movie portrayed the true reality that people face when they decide to come illegally, which was far from being paradise. The lead character Marlon was lucky enough to find heartwarming people of his own country who took care of him. These Colombian people are like that, they take care of each other. But that's actually another story. The movie showed that this was the land that turned his girlfriend Reina into someone totally different for him. It was a real enjoyable movie. Great performance also by John Leguizamo.
Stylishly filmed, the performances are good, the story is nothing special though. The characters are nicely developed. I didn?t always stay interested, it has some slow stretches, but still it?s a decent film.
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