Across the Line
(Exodus of Charlie Wright) Review & Trailer
DVD Release Date: December
Review by Compay for
Garcia, Danny Pino, Aidan Quinn, Gina Gershon, Luke Goss
Across the Line, originally titled "The Exodus of Charlie Wright,"
may not be movie-theater quality.
But it certainly stands out as one of the better straight to
video flicks released in a long time.
The film follows Charlie Wright, a California
businessman that defrauded others out of billions of
dollars in a ponzi scheme. Wright takes flight to Mexico where he's pursued by
the FBI, Mexican narcos, and mercenaries hired by the Russian
For being straight to DVD, the film is shot exceptionally well.
Across the line offers up great visuals of Mexico, plus a solid movie score. Director R.
Ellis Frazier, who actually lived in Mexico for many years, takes a page from Soderbergh's "Traffic" with
interesting color correction techniques. Frazier's talent shows in
this film, and he could easily be the next Antoine Fuqua if
only given a
better budget to work with.
The film also features an interesting cast of actors. Aidan
Quinn appropriately comes off as a shell of a man, as lead
character Charlie Wright. But it's Andy Garcia who steals the
show, in an excellent performance as aging Mexican crime lord
Jorge Garza. His role is complemented by Danny Pino, who
many will remember as Armadillo Quintero from "The
For being almost 50, Gina Gershon as Garza's wife
looks just as hot as she did in Showgirls, though she isn't
given much screen time. The remainder of the cast is rounded out by
experienced actors such as Corbin Bernsen, Raymond J. Barry,
Luke Goss, and Bokeem Woodbine.
The plot itself is fairly simple, but ultimately works
thanks to a few quality performances and its underlying theme of
redemption. Don't expect too much if you're an action junkie,
as shootout scenes are limited. Across the Line is a step up
from La Linea, the last Frazier-directed movie I enjoyed. But
due to a low budget, it's definitely not on par with
Traffic, or Man on Fire.
If you like crime dramas with some meaning behind them,
give Across the Line a watch. It's worth checking out
for Garcia's performance alone.