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|Crossing Over |
Actors: Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Ray Liotta
Director: Wayne Kramer
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 06/08/2010 Run time: 96 minutes
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Michael J. Black | Cleveland, OH USA | 06/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's been a long time since a movie surprised me like "Crossing Over". I'll be honest, I didn't know much about this movie, other than it starred one of my favorite actors, Harrison Ford, and that it tackled the immigration issue. I expected a decent movie and Ford doing his usual great performance, but what I found was a riveting moving drama with superb acting from a very talented ensemble cast! What a fantastic movie and one I HIGHLY recommend. As I watched this movie, I was reminded of other ensemble movies with weaving story lines such as "Magnolia" and "Traffic". I consider myself a serious movie buff and not an easy critic but this movie really won me over and I consider it one of the best movies I've seen in quite a while. Don't miss this one!!"
Crash meets American Beauty meets Grand Torino!
Morten Lokkegaard | Copenhagen, Denmark | 04/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is realism at its best! With immigration issues more current than ever this movie addresses the growing immigration and the often sad human destinies involved - not only among the immigrants but also among the very government agencies and bodies ment to manage the situation.
Having outgrown Harrison Ford movies (typecast for decades) as I left my teenage years my expectations were very moderate as I entered the theatre - did I turn out to be wrong again!
Harrison Ford delivers a solid performance but the movie is so much more than him - in fact most of the other characters are delivering excellent performances - and refreshingly all are depicted in a shade of grey - rather than black and white as we have come accustomed to from Hollywood for decades. It brings back sweet memories of American Beauty in this department.... in itself something I for one have been longing for for a long time.
The storyline resembles another excellent movie, Crash, in its shifting between multiple stories which in the end turn out to be intertwined and Grand Torino in its coverage of the immigration issue but with far superior acting and plot. In fact particularly the acting of the immigrants were excellent and far superior to the appauling Vietnamese actors in Grand Torino.
At times a bit depressing but also heartwarming and certainly a must see movie."
If You Liked Babel...
G. YEO | Singapore | 07/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"CROSSING OVER reminds me of Babel but in a more down to earth way. With 5 intersecting storylines colliding and converging in this piece, it's no easy task to juggle them all, and director Wayne Kramer does an excellent job. It's hard to not compare this to other films of similar ilk, but CROSSING OVER definitely stands on its own. Throw in a bit of Steve Soderbergh's Traffic as well - it must be the LA heat and Mexican border! - and you have a gritty if sobering drama to watch.
This is the kind of role that Harrison Ford excels in. He's serious as an immigration agent but appropriately so. The entire cast works very well - from Ashley Judd to Ray Liotta to Jim Sturgess to Cliff Curtis and blonde Aussie newcomer? Alice Eve - who looks like Reese Witherspoon stacked on a supermodel's body.
The film weaves in a little Hollywood police thriller riff - unlike Babel or even Traffic - which grounds CROSSING OVER in a certain formula - and somehow, justice gets served Hollywood style at the end. But the larger issues and harsher realities of being American, seeking identity and the world today, still come across by the film's open ended conclusion.
PS - SEAN PENN DOES NOT APPEAR IN THIS FILM. THIS IS A MISTAKE IN THE CREDITS."
Thoughtful movie for our times
elena j | Chicago | 12/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is an extremely thoughtful comment on the immigration issues facing this country today. With skillful directing, this movie takes us inside the lives of U.S. Immigration agents and several legal and illegal immigrants, telling each of their stories from a unique perspective. Harrison Ford takes a nice turn as a conflicted immigration agent torn between duty and morality, who sees each immigration story as unique and shows more heart than most of his fellow officers. What I find most interesting is that this almost semi-documentary script gives us an intimate look into the lives of those on all sides of the immigration debate, and shows us why we need to be a bit more tolerant in our attitudes on a case-by-case basis. The movie also paints a beautiful picture of the cultural diversity of those who come to this country, and how far some are willing to go in order to remain here. It also reminds us what American citizenship often means to those who weren't born here. It is a very thought-provoking movie."