Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones films) is on a quest for justice as an immigrations agent investigating the case of a missing illegal. In a cross-fire of crime and bureaucracy, fraud and murder, he must race against time to t... more »ry to save a family from becoming collateral damage in the fight for the American dream. Critics rave, ?Harrison Ford is terrific. An engrossing, thoroughly entertaining movie with great performances from a first-rate ensemble cast? (Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com). Co-starring Ashley Judd (Twisted), Ray Liotta (Smokin? Aces), Jim Sturgess (21), and Cliff Curtis (10,000 BC); Crossing Over will keep you riveted until the final mystery unfolds.
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Sad but many true aspects of many caught in the immigration crossfire. I really like Harrison Ford's role in the this movie!
Vicki R. (vickir) from SEATTLE, WA Reviewed on 3/28/2011...
This is a surprisingly good movie I had never heard of. I watched it based on the cast and I'm glad I did. It is NOT a cheerful movie. Actually it's sad and messy the way life is messy. It's also real like life can be real. Well acted as well as thoughtful you think you know what is going to happen but you don't. Certainly it is one of Harrison Ford's best efforts. I recommend it.
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Mary L. (marymix) from NANTUCKET, MA Reviewed on 1/1/2011...
Very good film (in the style of Crash, but not quite as stellar) to show the many sides of immigration issues. Harrison Ford's character was a little wooden and could have been developed more, but I wouldn't want to make him the main character in the movie. It's truly an ensemble cast.
Graphic violence, sex, and profanity are realistically portrayed and although plentiful they're not flaunted. Plenty of touching moments show the kinder side of life as well.
Like Crash, the movie shows the characters in both good and the bad lights depending on the situation and slowly revealing how the characters' lives overlap. The ending is well done, and you don't know very far in advance how things turn out. I enjoyed the film.
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Kenny H. (tneagle) Reviewed on 12/13/2010...
Interesting movie about immigration in LA. Several of the lives of the characters in the movie are linked during the movie. Move over Nicole Kidman: Alice Eve reminds me a lot of Nicole, but might be more of a beauty.
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Marisela M. from OAKLAND, CA Reviewed on 7/18/2009...
Didn't really want to write a review. Just wanted to write that the synopsis included is of this film but the film is not titled Running Scared and Sean Penn does not act in it!
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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!!"
"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."
What Happened to Sean Penn?
Jimzushi | Hollywood | 07/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I viewed Crossing Over in 2008 as part of a test audience. In an age of popcorn action films and dopey comedies, I found the film to be very moving, human and tragic. It is well acted and directed and kept me interested in the many intertwining personal stories of immigration. Those of us living in So Cal equate the immigration issue as being solely Hispanic. But in Crossing Over, we see a broad spectrum encompassing many different nationalities and ethnicities. I just skimmed through the DVD and was puzzled to see the Sean Penn sequence missing. WTF? While I missed the sequence, I wouldn't say that it was especially integral to the story. Penn plays a Border Patrol agent driving his truck in the rain when he swerves to avoid hitting a woman who appears out of nowhere. His truck goes rolling down the hillside. He awakes the next morning with a raging headache and stumbles upon the dead woman's body. It turns out she has been dead for a while and the woman he saw the night before was actually her apparition - she had been deported earlier in the film and was apparently on her way back to her son in LA. The sequence is less than ten minutes and Penn did not appear elsewhere in the film. The Penn scene was replaced by some anonymous Border Patrol agent finding the dead woman's body. Much less moving and thoughtful. I thought it added a nice spiritual dimension to the film. What a brat for asking to be removed from the film. Is Hollywood really that spoiled?"