THE PLOT THUS FAR
A former Arizona sheriff’s wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Frontera” is a film about a wrong accused illegal alien and his struggles in sneaking into America. The guy gets fingered for murdering a woman, but now it’s up to a local Sheriff to piece it all together. More than anything, I was annoyed that the film was WAY TOO SOFT on the issue of illegals invading the border. While there is a bit of attention paid to how these criminals destroy private property and endanger themselves by scoffing at the American Naturalization System, it feels like a platitude. That being said, Ed Harris and Michael Pena do bring the goods.
I don’t know what it is about Ed Harris, but that man puts my ass in a seat. It must still be that hypnotic dancing in “Creepshow” that has kept me bewitched. Ed Harris has comfortably started slipping into roles that Gene Hackman would’ve taken twenty years ago. Honestly, it fits the guy like a glove and I hope he keeps it going. While his take on the main role started slipping into “Alamo Bay” territory a few too many times, Harris was able to bring focus back. When you’re tackling hot button political issues such as these, then a clever hand is appreciate. However, it also demands an even respect for both sides. We’re getting closer to seeing that on a regular basis, as Hollywood is realizing that the real America is tired of hearing empty handed sound bytes from people with no experience in the matter.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an indie western themed flick. The transfer is sharp enough. The same goes for the Dolby track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 11/04/2014