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
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.
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!