Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In Crossing Over, writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find – and create -- in 21st century L.A.
In order to let this film be released theatrically, Harvey Weinstein forced writer/director Wayne Kramer to cut it down from it's original 140 minute running time to around 110. These substantial edits are obvious when watching the film, because when it's over you realize that there is so much missing from these characters. We get little glimpses into everyone's lives, but we never get enough to latch onto them or care about the transition they go through during the film.
Random events happen (like a character we knew next to nothing about being responsible for a brutal murder) that make no sense and no impact, characters go through significant arcs that feel forced and undeveloped because we only see them…
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A meltingpot of characters and storylines, centring around immigration and US citizenship;
there are good parts to be found in this, between some overcooked or subpar ingredients - and there's Alice.E, that on a few occations spices it up considerably.
exp-3*, story, cast.
A look at the US's tough immigration system, With interweaving tales of illigals & agents who have to police it, Havent heard much of this before i saw it & i dont know why cause it was a very eye opening look at the system, great cast aswell, Well worth a viewing.
"Crash" style drama about lives that interconnect in modern day LA. This time regarding immigration rather than racism.
Congratulations, Wayne Kramer! You’ve somehow managed to make Crash look subtle and restrained. The writer/director of The Cooler follows the Crash model with another painfully overwrought glance at the boiling American melting pot, including multiple intersecting stories set in Southern California. Soft-hearted immigration cop Rex Brogan (Harrison Ford) tries to reunite a deported Mexican woman and her young son; an Australian aspiring actress (Alice Eve) trades sexual favors for a green card; a Muslim teen (Summer Bishil) faces deportation thanks to her controversial school essay about the 9/11 hijackers. It’s all terribly earnest in exploring the bureaucracy and other hardships faced by those who have come to America, but scarcely a moment or a character feels like anything but a…
Congratulations, Wayne Kramer! You’ve managed to make Crash look restrained. This painfully overwrought glance at the boiling American melting pot follows multiple characters in Southern California, including an immigration cop (Harrison Ford), an Australian aspiring actress (Alice Eve), and a Muslim teen (Summer Bishil) suspected of terrorist sympathies. It’s all terribly earnest in exploring the bureaucracy and other hardships faced by those who have come to America, but every moment and character feels like a melodramatic contrivance. We know the actress feels cheep and dirty because she huddles crying in the shower; the cop is a loner because he drinks Scotch while watching TV with his cat. The people in it may be struggling to integrate into the mainstream, but the movie itself is as loud, dumb and pointless as anything Hollywood churns into a multiplex.
What the hell happened to Ray Liotta's face?
Mal wieder ein Film zum Nachdenken. Warum man nach denkt? Meine ersten Gedanken waren, warum macht ein Mensch soviel mit um in einem Land wie den USA als illegaler oder Legaler Ausländer zu Leben. Immer mit der Angst das er wieder Abgeschoben werden kann. Wenn jemand in deinem Land nicht Politisch verfolgt oder in Dauernder Angst vor Krieg und Gewalt leben muss, warum verkauft er dann seine Seele an irgendwelche Schleuser oder sonst was, bestes Beispiel war die australische Schauspielerin im Film. Wenn sie es drauf an, schafft sie es auch in Australien. Dieser Film besteht zu gleichen Teilen aus Mitleid und Unverständnis.
Ein Beispiel ist das von Taslima, die in ihrer Klasse einen kontroversen Vortrag zum 11. September hält.…