A ghoulish, now familiar urban legend once again serves as the basis for a rather routine thriller. David Morales (Mario Lopez, who also served as co-producer) is a Mexican-American college student attending a San Diego, Calif., university on an athletic scholarship a meal ticket he loses when he's cut from the soccer team because of an injured knee. Knowing that he desperately needs some cash, David's ex-girlfriend, Fine Arts Ph.D. candidate Emma Cross (Tava Smiley), hooks him up with James Darabont (John Saxon), a former university professor who's looking for a few good men and women to help out around his start-up biotech company. Darabont seems particularly interested in the fact that David's resume lists his permanent address as his mother's home in Mexico, and offers him a job delivering packages into Tijuana. Starting salary: a lot of money. Darabont claims the packages contain experimental serum samples, but the drop-off point is a men's room in a dumpy Tijuana cantina. David isn't asking any questions, but he begins having second thoughts about his after-school job when he returns home to find his apartment booby-trapped and both the FBI and a band of thugs on his tail. It's pretty clear from the get-go what's going on the film opens with a daylight kidnapping, a hypodermic injection and a makeshift operating room and offers few surprises along the way. Somewhere outside of Barstow, David hooks up with a troubled, runaway rich girl (Ali Landry) who has her own problems with the police, so there's some room for a little romantic heat on top of the poorly staged action sequences, but not much else. Pretty typical late-night cable fare (although the casting of Latino actors in major roles is a refreshing change) and not bad for a time waster, but it's strange that it should have found its way into theaters.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: NR
- Review: A ghoulish, now familiar urban legend once again serves as the basis for a rather routine thriller. David Morales (Mario Lopez, who also served as co-producer) is a Mexican-American college student attending a San Diego, Calif., university on an athletic s… (more)
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