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The title and subject sound like a Greenberg documentary about the plight of illegal immigrants. Perhaps if you combined Greenberg and “Hostel” you’d end up with something like this. It is not a documentary but a piece of fiction.
A crew of college students are making a documentary film about illegal immigrants from Mexico and with the help of some Mexican friends, travel across the border, interview some common people there and then contract with a coyote to smuggle them across the border along with a busload of Mexican immigrants. From there, things go downhill.
Their bus is stopped, not by the border patrol but by a violent right-wing group of vigilantes determined to stop the flow of immigrants through terror. Funny how all the illegal immigrants are such good-looking and naturally friendly people as opposed to sadistic Americans. Well, a somewhat expected story proceeds: beatings, torture, killings, slavery. Since there were two quite good-looking women among the lead characters I wondered if they were going to depict a rape, but that is only alluded to. About halfway through I felt the violence factor outweighed any merits the film might have and I just wanted to get to the end-line: did any of them live? Escape? What happens to the vigilantes? In case someone actually wants to watch this, I won’t reveal those major type plot spoilers. I can say this movie did not revel in graphic blood and dismemberment the way some slasher-horror films do. It manages to portray the essence of horrible situations without harming any actors. Nevertheless I can’t recommend this film journey. It’s far from a sober documentary on the problem of illegal immigration and as a horror movie well, perhaps it’s too real for that as well. Failing to fall soundly in either category it may disappoint fans of both.
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So, Who's gonna build the Wall.
First you CLOSE THE BORDER, then you start skinning them.
The Movie suggests otherwise.
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