|"I've got some nasty plans for you."|
|Gregory Nava shot this and|
never made another film since.
The openin sequence states that U.S. companies are usin the North American Free Trade Agreement to open maquiladoras – assembly factories that exploit cheap Mexican labour (mostly women) to mass-produce goods for easy export back into the U.S. One border town is Juárez, noted as the second most important in the world (60,000 transits daily) after Tijuana.
Along comes our protagonist – Lauren (Jennifer Lopez), a career-minded Latino journo from Chicago who's eyein a big job but has to take on a dubious assignment first. This would be to investigate the high incidence of rape and murder in Juárez - somethin the government is reportedly coverin up. The story then becomes a struggle for Lauren to protect an escaped victim, Eva (Maya Zapata) with the help of an ex-colleague, Diaz (Antonio Banderas).
|"Why the hell are you in this film with me, Antonio?"|
Bad news on the doorstep:
Reminds me of:Erin Brockovich (2000), Maria Full Of Grace (2004), Traffic (2000) and Trade (2007).
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?I've no doubt this should have been shot as a documentary instead of even riskin it seen as a J. Lo vehicle for cementin herself as a serious actress. Bordertown has good intentions but is flawed by inaccessible specifics that struggle to make us care. ★★