Director: Greg Kwedor
Cast: Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna, Clifton Collins Jr
Country of Origin: USA 2016 86 mins. (15)
Released by Studiocanal
The days are easy. A cigarette break, reminisce on times past, the odd joke, a jibe here and there. With little traffic through the remote Chihuahuan desert highway the makeshift Border Patrol checkpoint's only manned by three agents - Lance Flores (Gabriel Luna) who can track like a native, rookie, non-stop talker Benjamin Davis (Johnny Simmons) who dreams of riding on horseback and romancing the women and Lou Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr), the cynical veteran who's seen it all and has a nose for the dope run.
It's a day like all the others until Lou Hobbs has a bad feel about one car and the easy day's long gone. There's a lot of cash to be made in the drug trade and the cartels don't like to loose a shipment.
Writer-director Greg Kwedor's debut feature set over one day and a night is a tense, well acted thriller that hints at violence but doesn't follow the standard path of blood, bullets and bodies. The cinematography is superb, capturing the desolate haunting beauty of the desert, the backdrop for a cat-and-mouse drug trade game.