I Witness

Starring: Jeff Daniels, James Spader and Clifton Collins Jr.
Mosaic Entertainment
Certificate: 15
Available 19 July 2004

Human rights investigator, James Rhodes (Jeff Daniels), is supervising a union election at a US owned factory in Mexico when two seemingly random events take place - 27 gunshot riddled corpses are found in a collapsed tunnel near Tijuana and a couple of American kids on a dirt-bike-riding expedition disappear. Detective Claudio Castillo (Clifton Collins Jr.), from homicide, is very interested in both events, but only Rhodes can see the connection between the two. As he unravels the mystery, Rhodes starts to assemble evidence of a massive conspiracy involving drug dealers, the police, the factory and elements of the US government...

This dark, thriller of a movie features a star studded cast led by Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Clifton Collins Jr. and Portia DeRossi. It is good to see these four actors come together in a film like this; it shows off their talent as each of them feed off one another, helping to make this film what it is, a true crime thriller.

A few of the scenes in this movie are harrowing to watch, for example, finding out how the bodies came to be in the tunnel and watching family members identify them. It is also frustrating to watch the struggle that goes on with Rhodes as he tries to help the people of Mexico but seems to get nowhere fast and ends up frightened for his own life.

This is the first dark movie I have seen in a while and I really enjoyed it, even if I did watch some scenes hiding behind my hands! Parts were a bit hard to follow but it all came together and fell in to place.

I would certainly recommend this film for those who love trying to work out the ending of a story. If, however, you want a film you don't need to think about then I'd maybe give this one a miss until you feel you want a challenge!

Helena Rea