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Crossing Over
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06.26.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Wayne Kramer

Actors:
Harrison Ford
Ray Liotta
Ashley Judd

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A slew of people’s lives/paths cross and come together in the pursuit of American citizenship, but at the same time, fall under the watchful (and excessively strict) eye of immigration.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Despite being a somewhat interesting film, CROSSING OVER is a blatant attempt to clone the superior (and less preachy) flick CRASH. As engrossing, deep, and all out “in your face” as this film is, it doesn’t quite deliver the “BANG” effect CRASH did. One thing I will say though, is being an immigration officer sure doesn’t look like much fun, and comes off here as pretty damn brutal at times.

Storywise, the racial card was poorly played from jump street, and will piss off ANYONE who had anything to do with 911. I mean shit, it’s one thing to mention 911 (enough time’s gone by) but it’s a different matter entirely when you have a kid tap dancing on the verge of condoning the terrorist’s actions. Not even with all the kings horses and all the kings men, could you get an audience to empathize with her situation after hearing THAT speech.

Each of the other interwoven scenarios offered at least a little merit (minus the Jewish poser), both Claire’s and the Asian gangbanger kid’s being the most interesting, especially when you see the banger kid’s finale. Director Wayne Kramer (who’s a far cry from RUNNING SCARED with this one) does manage to instill a nice sense of character in the players of his dramatic game, but as far as performances go, the only noteworthy candidate here is Cliff Curtis. Liotta, Judd and especially a tired looking Ford, were all rather bland.

I wasn’t at all happy with the (obviously cynical) way most of the these storylines played out. Some of it was just too damn ironic, but what really pissed me off was for the most part, the worthless slackers got away with murder whilst some of the more justified people got the shaft. I get that this was done on purpose for shock value, but it’s still mildly annoying.

CROSSING OVER isn’t terrible, but it’s by no means a must see either, especially considering it falls into the “one time watch” category anyway. What amazes me the most about this flick is how it landed a 14A rating with all the titties (arguably the high point of my viewing pleasure), violent executions, F-bombs and 911 sympathy. Sigh. All that, and peeps didn’t push for an “R” rating, yet there was a mad debocle over TROPIC THUNDER’s usage of the term “retard”. Go figure.
THE EXTRAS
Some PREVIEWS and that's all she wrote.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Some people would call this flick “moving” or “provocative”, but I personally feel that pushing these kinds of messages often adds to the problem rather than the solution. And no extras!? Come on, this film was SCREAMING debate!

Extra Tidbit: This flick's "Claire Shepard" is a hot blonde with a thick Australian accent. If that doesn't spell "huge LOST fan", I don't know what does.
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