Immigration is always a hot topic in America, which is strange considering that the whole country was created by immigrants. Actually, if you think about it, almost all of the population had to migrate at some point. For fucks sake, that’s what propelled our expanse in the early years of humanity. Since then nothing has changed, people are still running away from violent cultures and looking for the next best place to call home. Crossing Over deals with destinies of immigrants and their struggle to get a green card. This is a classic “we must pay attention to this problem” type of movie, so don’t expect some miracles, although I am certain that people who have been in similar situation will find this movie much more impactful than others. Comprised of several different stories all connected by the subject of immigration, it features a decent pace and more importantly great cast. Starring Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, movie is filled with great actors that helped with the wobbly script. Sometimes you feel that emotional milking going on, but it’s not that prevalent.

Crossing Over [2009] Movie Review Recommendation PosterMeet Cole Frankel and Hamid Baraheri, two immigration officers working a very difficult job of helping immigrants navigate the treacherous roads to the American Dream. Most of them are fleeing poverty and just seeking a better life for them and their family.

Since there’s no single narrative apart from the whole immigration thing, I will skip most of the plot and talk more about the issues raised here. They are very current and I believe will remain current for quite some time since they also represent the standard issue push back against immigrants. Those are those Schrodinger’s immigrants too lazy to get a job and simultaneously stealing jobs from the native population. However, the whole movie has this lefty circle jerk vibe to it that I didn’t like. Yes, the stories are very emotional and engaging but the way they are put together, with Ford and Judd acting as a glue and representative of the native population seems rushed. I think if they spent another year or so perfecting the script and the stories, we could be looking at something that’s going to be watched for generations. In the end I have to mention Cliff Curtis with another magnificent performance. The man is slowly becoming one of my favorite actors. Honorable mentions for Alice Eve’s tits that were fucking mesmerizing. If you’re interesting in watching similar movies check out Crash and Babel. Both of them feature a similar style of storytelling and even some same motives.

Director: Wayne Kramer

Cast: Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Alice Eve

Fun Stuff: In the story robbery scene the word fuck is said 39 times. Director Wayne Kramer’s original cut was 140 minutes long; but despite having the right to final cut, this films’ producer agreed to be involved in editing the film down to two hours when Harvey Weinstein allegedly threatened to release the film straight to DVD

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0924129/

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