Transpecos Reviews

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November 5, 2018
A potent border fiction that matches high tension thrills with significant characters, played to perfection by Johnny Simmons, Clifton Collins Jr. and Gabriel Luna.
August 28, 2018
Sometimes keeping things as uncomplicated as possible can be an asset to a twisty, sparse thriller, but in the case of Transpecos that mindset is a major hindrance.
August 22, 2018
Eventually, it comes across as a toned down Sicario offering very little beyond veiled cynicism and beleaguered attempts at social relevance.
March 22, 2017
A three-hander with distinctive performances, and starkly beautiful images conjured from the surrounding desert by cinematographer Jeffrey Waldron.
February 28, 2017
Some of the intended moral heft goes astray in the heat and dust - but this is still a promising dry run for bigger things.
September 23, 2016
Transpecos, a remarkably assured first feature from director/co-writer Greg Kwedar, takes a simple story of cross-border drug smuggling and crafts a riveting drama in the scrubby Texas desert.
September 23, 2016
A taut 86 minutes of moral dilemmas, a drug deal gone wrong and a very bad day in the lives of three border guards.
September 9, 2016
A strong, memorable debut.
September 9, 2016
Artfully made but wholly accessible for a mainstream audience, it features strong performances but no names in the cast who'll draw attention on their own.
September 9, 2016
The beginning of Austin director Greg Kwedar's debut feature, Transpecos, is a stunner.
September 9, 2016
... retains an even-handed approach to its provocative subject matter and an evocative grasp of its harsh setting.
September 8, 2016
Though rife with implausibilities, "Transpecos" is fortified by strong acting and a location whose desolate beauty is a gift to Jeffrey Waldron's serene camera.
September 8, 2016
Excellent performances distinguish this lean thriller about three border-patrol officers trapped in a web of conflicting loyalties and motives.
September 8, 2016
Transpecos is at turns nail-biting, heart-wrenching, and suddenly ruminative.
September 8, 2016
An effectively moody, well-acted and impressively understated thriller by Greg Kwedar in his feature directing debut.
September 8, 2016
The performances are all solid, especially Luna. And Kwedar's sense of place feels so authentic that you can taste the dust in the back of your throat when the end credits roll.
September 8, 2016
Low on budget but high on craft and intelligence, Transpecos is as stark yet rewarding as a West Texas landscape at sunset.
September 8, 2016
Kwedar doesn't offer any easy answers. Instead he points out the problems, how entrenched and intertwined they are, and asks other questions: How far will you go to survive? And will it be enough in the end?
September 7, 2016
Transpecos burrows deeper into its characters, revealing nuances that bring them to anguished, three-dimensional life as the thriller plot gradually unfolds.
September 4, 2016
Violence in Transpecos is sparse, but the filmmakers use it with a narrative precision that highlights the unforgiving consequences that accompanies every choice in this desolate borderland.
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