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Mexico City (2000)

A woman's desperate search for her brother in the capital of Mexico.

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Mitch Cobb
Jorge Robles ...
Pedro
Johnny Zander ...
Sam
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Ambassador Mills
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Head Thug (as Roberto Sosa Martinez)
Antonio Zavala Kugler ...
Thin Faced Man
Geraldine Zinat ...
Hotel Desk Clerk
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Lieutenant Menedez
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Mexico City Policeman
Ramón Álvarez ...
Cantina Drunk
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Max
Jorge Malpica ...
Doctor (as Jorge Romero Malpica)
Alejandro de la Peña ...
Toupee Man
Beto Villareal ...
Panama Hat Man
José Marrós ...
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After divorce and the death of her two children, Mitch is headed for Oaxaca with her brother Sam, a photographer. During their one-day layover in Mexico City, Sam goes out for a night on the town and doesn't return. Mitch goes for help to the American embassy and starts her own search with the aid of Pedro, a cabbie. She finds the cantina where Sam was drinking and stands up to a gang leader to learn some of what happened that night. He gives her Sam's camera, and the photos on the last roll of film become the object of a hunt by some very determined criminals. Can Mitch find Sam, learn what he saw that night, and stay safe? Whom can she trust? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Desperate Chase In One Of The Deadliest Cities In The World!


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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November 2000 (USA)  »

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Pedro: We go to the catinas where the men are scary, and the women are not welcome.
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Under-rated, taut and engaging thriller with moody cinematography...
28 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I almost didn't rent this one because the pre-visit to Blockbuster and the checks on IMdB indicated that this "new release" was only a 2 star offering. Now...sometimes I'm in the mood for low budget, brooding atmospherics with "indie-like" cinematography and no big stars that challenge my expectations and engage my unabated interest. Sometimes I'm in the mood for DeNiro playing Boris Badanov in Rocky & Bullwinkle (although not too often...once every year or two, maybe.) I enthusiastically recommend this sleeper. It hit me just right…the realistic mood, the gritty shots of Mexico City's underbelly, the briskly developing plot (not too knotty for head scratching but not a formula telegram either) …and I love seeing totally unknown actors act their asses off in a promotionally sleepy but alert screenplay! Jorge Robles [Pedro, the taxi driver with a moral compass on point throughout] was superb. Stacy Edwards was thoroughly believable as Mitch and I cheered as she emerged from her cocoon of bereavement into an `in-your-face-Ninja-warrior' woman who just wouldn't stay down for the count. Robert Patrick was OK but a bit wooden, as he always is in this type of G-man on a wire role, but maybe that's what G-men really act like after all. Anyhow…kudos…and see it. Do Not Be Deterred by the center-weighted 2 star average rating of the masses. After all, what do soccer moms and accountants who rent weekend new releases know about la vie noir?


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