Hostile Border (Pocha: Manifest Destiny)

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Raised in the U.S., Claudia is an undocumented immigrant living beyond her means in a twisted version of the American dream. When she's arrested by the FBI for credit card fraud, Claudia is quickly deported to México. Speaking no Spanish and lost in her foreign "homeland," she reluctantly takes refuge at her estranged father's cattle ranch. As she clashes with her unyielding father, her attempts to return home to the U.S. thrust her into a dangerous bond with a foreign smuggler, Ricky. Caught between her father's sermons, Ricky's promises, and the encroaching military, Claudia must navigate a tightrope of impossible choices. Both a slow burning crime thriller and western, HOSTILE BORDER follows the transformative journey of a young woman confronting the high price of American ideals in the dark places between two cultures

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  • Despite its promising setup, Hostile Border lacks narrative tension, with the screenplay by co-director Kaitlin McLaughlin never quite coming into dramatic focus.

    Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A strong visual sense, intriguing tempo and effective economy of words combine to make Hostile Border an above-average crime thriller.

    Apr 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Co-directors Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin prove more adept at the first act's low-key character building than the action-movie showdowns they're building toward, but Claudia's use of a makeshift flamethrower late in the game is an unexpected joy.

    Apr 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Hostile Border starts off intriguingly enough, but quickly spirals downward without ever gaining any momentum... More importantly, the film struggles with its own themes.

    Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • McLaughlin, for whom this is her first feature-length screenwriting credit, gives her characters incisive dialogue that keeps the human relations front and center. She also knows the value of silence and its ability to convey fear, dread and loneliness.

    Apr 21, 2016 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…
  • It's the sort of movie that has a sense of authenticity to it, even if the circumstances themselves are tremendously dramatic. It's a strong, solid debut from Dwyer, and will hopefully serve as a calling card for him and his talented cast.

    Apr 17, 2016 | Full Review…

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