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Across the Line (Exodus of Charlie Wright) Review & Trailer

DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010

Review by Compay for LatinRapper.com

 

Starring: Andy Garcia, Danny Pino, Aidan Quinn, Gina Gershon, Luke Goss

 

Andy Garcia in Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright

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 mob.


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 Shield." 

 

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.

 

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