A meandering picture that seems more concerned interested in exploiting seedy Mexican atmosphere than telling a solid story, this thrill-less thriller is 100% tension-free. It spends so much time recording images of urban blight that it feels less like a crime thriller than a character study of a rundown city. Traumatized by the deaths of her two small children in a car accident, Mitch Cobb (Stacy Edwards) reluctantly accompanies her brother, amateur photographer Sam (John Zander), on a Latin American hiking vacation. During a brief stopover in Mexico City, Sam disappears from a cantina. The desperate Mitch can't get much action out of American Ambassador Mills (Robert Patrick) or corrupt Lieutenant Menendez (Carlos Banz) of the Mexico City Police Department. But her plight moves a sympathetic cabbie, Pedro (Jorge Robles), to agrees to be her guide to the local underworld. Mitch badgers one thug (Roberto Sosa Martinez) so insistently that he threatens to kill her. What Mitch doesn't realize is that Sam's disappearance has a direct link to the assassination of the Mexican President's physician: While hiding from thieves in the cantina's restroom, Sam snapped a picture of the doctor's execution. The thug admits to Mitch that his gang stole Sam's camera, but insists that a gun-toting stranger interrupted them. Mitch also learns that Ambassador Mills isn't as callous as he seemed; he was feigning indifference to keep Lt. Menendez off guard and the local who cover for terrorists out of the picture. Still not sure who she can trust, Mitch relies on both Pedro and Ambassador Mills to help her get to the bottom of Sam's disappearance. Her defiant attempts to smuggle his film out of Mexico form the core of the film's life-or-death climax. This political expose wastes a lot of time establishing Mitch's tormented past without ever making her grim pilgrimage involving.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: A meandering picture that seems more concerned interested in exploiting seedy Mexican atmosphere than telling a solid story, this thrill-less thriller is 100% tension-free. It spends so much time recording images of urban blight that it feels less like a… (more)