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The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Fernando Peña ...
Memo Cruz
Metztli Adamina ...
Dolores Cruz
José Concepción Macías ...
Miguel Cruz
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David Cruz
Greg Lucas ...
Drones TV Host (as Gregg Lucas)
Martín Palomares ...
Gus Panchano
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Sean Garnhart ...
Rudy's Commander (voice)
Guillermo Ríos ...
Rudy's Supervisor
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Montserrat Revah ...
Luz's Computer (voice)
Miguel A. Saldaña ...
Coyotek #1 (as Miguel Angel Saldaña)
Sergio Limon ...
Coyotek #2
José Luis Méndez ...
Coyotek #3
Carlos Valencia ...
Twiggy
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Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,050 (USA) (17 April 2009)

Gross:

$75,727 (USA) (19 June 2009)
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When Memo, at work operating the robot, helps the worker next to him who collapses, he is not wearing the contact lenses that he needs to operate the robot. (He did not have time to take them out.) See more »

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Underrated -- Culturally significant
16 June 2008 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Science fiction as a genre exposes two things about a culture: our hopes for the future, and our fears for the future. What foreign science fiction does for us then is tap directly into the hopes and fears of a culture that is alien to us.

The story of Memo mixes the Mexican condition with a cautious approach to an exciting technology. While "nodes" allow people to directly connect their brains to an Internet of sorts, "sleep dealers" construct cheap, unsafe sweatshops where noders can perform dirt-cheap labor for developed nations, without leaving home.

There are plenty of eye-opening layers of apprehension for the future that are taken straight from the Mexican psyche: the construction of the authoritarian Del Rio Dam in Memo's village echoes the ongoing "water rights" controversies throughout Central America; the closed border with America echoes isolationist fears; the ability of an American corporation to send warships into Mexican villages not only with impugnity but complete openness echoes fears of American corporate-driven hegemony.

Flag-wrapped Americans will deride this movie as Anti-American at worst; cultural ignorance at best. But it is a different sort of cultural ignorance that remains ignorant of the sentiments illustrated in this well-done foreign film.


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