Frontera

2014

Action / Drama / Thriller / Western

105
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 52%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 6514

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Michael Peña as Miguel
Eva Longoria as Paulina
Ed Harris as Roy
Amy Madigan as Olivia
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Reviewed by secondtake 7 / 10

Very well done stuff, excellent acting, rich plot, vivid locations shooting

Frontera (2014)

Part of me says: any movie that helps our understanding of the real illegal immigration situation from Mexico should be watched. This does that.

The problem is made immediate and intimate, and you are meant to understand both sides of the issue. It also avoids for awhile the sensationalism of lots of these cross- border dramas. A young man crosses into Arizona in one of those remote areas where it seems possible to sneak through and walk away. Some American kids taking pot shots at him with a high powered rifle end up accidentally killing an American woman on her horse (she falls off when the horse is spooked) and the immigrant becomes the main suspect.

This all happens early in the movie, and it is the dead woman's husband, played by Ed Harris, who holds up the other half of the movie. We follow then the Mexican (played by Michael Peña) as he flees and encounters "justice" (and later his wife, played by Eva Longoria arrives to help him). And we follow Harris who steadfastly digs into what really happened.

So there is plenty of drama here (one reviewer on rotten tomatoes said this had no drama, and that is completely false—just wait until you get to the coyotes kidnapping people). And yet there is a sense of balance, that there are good guys and bad guys and misapprehensions on both sides. You might say this makes the movie too balanced, so it lacks punch, but instead I think it has depth, which is better.

It's imperfect, for sure, as things get wrapped up and plots become increasingly intertwined. But overall I found it strong and well intentioned. And well acted, set in some genuine looking arroyos and deserts (it was filmed in New Mexico).

Reviewed by LessThanPadraig 4 / 10

Great concept, poor execution...

I don't know where to start, what can I say? Truly, when I first watched the trailer for Frontera I was immediately intrigued and swiftly tracked it down. I didn't anticipate the inevitable disappointment that would follow, mainly because the concept is fantastic, and the issue at hand I believe is both contemporary and imperative to the world we live in. Unfortunately, the execution was disappointing.

First, there isn't much great acting on show. Harris as the hardened no nonsense yet compassionate rancher is a cliché we've all seen before. He's not bad, but not great. Longoria doesn't do a bad job either, you really do sympathise with her, but that's about it. Nobody else engages, not even the poor chap who gets framed in the first place. The background music often seemed out of place and didn't add anything to the scene, sometimes it even seemingly covered up important dialogue. There were problems with the plot too, there was so little focus on the protagonists incarceration and legal troubles, sometimes characters just get pushed aside too and we never hear from them again.

Like I said, I really appreciate the concept, this is why I'm so disappointed in the quality of the final product. While there are of course harrowing scenes, the bulk of it isn't engaging or well acted. Although admittedly, I really liked the final scene, it was a nice way to tie everything up. Ultimately, I'm disappointed in the film's quality. I hope in the future we get a production that focuses on a similar theme but with better substance.

P.S. Some of the visuals were outstanding, it is after all set in such a beautiful part of the world.

Reviewed by headhunter46 9 / 10

Excellent movie

This movie did an excellent job of depicting the harsh life for people of Mexico. I wish with all my heart they could get rid of the corruption and crime and become productive like the US.

Until then, they will risk life and limb crossing into the US to find a better life. This movie was well written, well acted and I am certain very accurate in portraying the circumstances many have been subjected to while crossing into the US.

The movie doesn't really intend to get political but it does show more than Mexican people trying to make it to the US. Pay attention to what occurs in the desert as the coyote is waiting for the van to pick up the group of people.

Ed Harris did an excellent job of portraying a man who lost his wife to a bad situation and still managed to be honest and fair.

If you are like me, and appreciate people who are good, decent, and honest, you will probably let out a whoop of joy at the very end.

Enjoy!

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