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Adam Fields (John Carlos Frey, who also wrote, directed, and produced the film) is a law enforcement agent patrolling the Mexican border outside San Diego. He's harboring two dangerous secrets. His bosses don't know that he belongs to a racist, right wing vigilante group called National Patrol, that harasses and assaults illegals as they try to cross the border. His confederates in the National Patrol don't know that his own mother is Mexican. Adam, who easily passes for Caucasian, doesn't tell
Jan 1, 2001 Wide
Oct 12, 2004
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The movie never rises above mediocrity and at times, devolves into amateurish histrionics.
A heavy-handed immigration melodrama.
Though the film is far from polished, the force of its significance to Mr. Frey, as well as the urgency of its political message, give it some genuine impact.
The truly hellish portrayal of the workers' post-crossing indentured servitude in a meth lab makes up for a sluggish opening act.
This deeply personal work steadily grows more powerful and eloquent, creating a tragic vision of the plight of illegal aliens that transcends its melodramatic elements.
The film would be destined for limited interest even if it had a good script, which it didn't.
While his instincts as a director could use some sharpening, Frey's performance and script, brought to life by a solid supporting cast, are both uncommonly smart.
Suffers from a condition that afflicts most 'message' movies -- heavy-handed preachiness.
A commendable effort that draws attention to a largely invisible problem.
A very personal and heartfelt film, if one that shows the strains of its low budget and strident desire to tell an Important Story.
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