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Movie Review: Crossing Over

 
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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 2 months ago

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PL's Archive: Written March 14, 2009

“Crossing Over” was way too much of a spin off of “Traffic” or “Crash” and to be honest it was kind of poorly done. The issue of migrants into this nation whether legal or illegal, will forever be sensitive in the eyes of those who feel they have a right way of approaching it, but in the midst of this film it was pretty bland. The film dragged WAY TOO much and the fact that the cast was an okay cast it also didn’t help. I get what Wayne Kramer (Director) was trying to convey by exposing both sides of the fence whether it be humanitarian or heartless… but I personally feel it could have been done a lot more creatively and interesting. Of all the intertwining stories depicting various cultural backgrounds, there was a story that did fit emotionally, didn’t seem rushed or tampered with to an extent and that being of the young Muslim girl, her open-mindedness towards a cause, yet not condemning or condoning and generating a flow of eye-brow raising among her peers and the U.S. government, but I think outside of that, not much went into it.

The battles between acquiring citizenship and work permits or just that American-like respect comes at pretty hefty cost, and in the film many “unknowns” display it to the best of the scripts ability. Like many in their shoes, perhaps there are ways of moving on with much less cinematic drama in whatever way it presents itself to them personally… but there was just something about these depictions that just seem way too off and maybe it wasn’t the script, maybe it was them as talent, but nope… didn’t work at all, on the contrary…I have the utmost respect for Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd but wow – I think this is one film they should leave off their resumes. They portrayed their roles well, and that’s what’s coming off as a bit contradicting, but it just didn’t fit. I’m not sure if were the scenes in which they were involved with or the actors/tresses they were working with or who knows… but overall… way too dry.Dare I say career suicide?

Good topic, good ways to portray it, but I don’t think this approach was one of the best ones and I can totally see why this film isn’t doing too well outside of very poor, close to NO marketing. This of course is my view on it and nothing should hold one off from going to see if they feel like it.

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