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Frontera (2014/Magnolia DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C

Truth Is The Only Justice...

Set along the tumultuous Arizona-Mexico border, Frontera follows Miguel (Michael Peña), a hardworking father and devoted husband who crosses the border illegally and is wrongfully accused of murdering the wife (Amy Madigan) of a former sheriff (Ed Harris). Miguel's pregnant wife (Eva Longoria) lands in the hands of corrupt Mexican Coyote smugglers as she tries to help her husband, while the ex-lawman investigates his wife’s death and unearths evidence that could destroy one family's future. Lives are changed forever and the facts as to who is really at fault in this tragedy are nearly as tenuous and complex as the issues and tensions between the people who live in this region on either side of the line.

The film is well acted, directed, shot, and all that jazz but it doesn't quite feel like a masterpiece. The film was released in a limited release and didn't gross enough to be thrown into wide. Many critics were lukewarm on the film, saying that it tries too hard to be like Paul Haggis' Crash (only set in the desert) and its plot is too complex and the pacing too slow - comparing it to a singular tumbleweed in a desert.

I didn't hate or love the film. I thought it was average - though saved by the performances of Amy Madigan, Eva Longoria, and Ed Harris. Sometimes it takes more than decent filmmaking to save a bad story.

Sound and Picture on the disc are average for the DVD market - presented in standard definition with a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Subtitles on the disc are in English, Spanish, and French. Total run time for the film is 103 minutes.

No extras are on the disc aside from upcoming Magnolia releases.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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