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The Road to Empire (2007)

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A young couple's road trip vacation turns into a perilous search for the truth when the wife grows suspicious of her duplicitous husband -- and an explosive mystery with far-reaching consequences begins to unravel.



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Credited cast:
Natasha Atalla ...
Woman in Cafeteria
Taylor Boggan ...
Boy in Cafeteria
Zak Boggan ...
Boy in Cafetreria
Andrea Dolbec ...
Desert Drive-by Girl
Mario Enrique ...
Mercenary #1 (as Mario Calderon)
Katie Foster ...
Party Guest
Christy Lynn ...
Radio Talk Show Host
James Meehan ...
Mercenary #2 (voice)
Sandrine (as Elea Bartling)


Charlie runs a successful aviation company, but some of his success has come from turning a blind eye to cargo that may not be legal. When a regular client offers him a deal - no questions asked - Charlie thinks it will be his biggest score yet. However, he will soon learn that this deal will have consequences that go beyond anything he could have imagined. This edge-of-your-seat mystery and political allegory reminds us that sometimes our supposed protectors can be the ones most dangerous in our lives. It follows newlyweds Charlie and Katherine as they go on a road trip from Houston, Texas to a little town in northern California called Empire, ostensibly, and as far as Katherine knows, to visit Charlie's father who maintains a farm up there. Charlie, however, has set up this cover story to conceal one of his smuggling operations. As the trip turns ever more perilous, Katherine begins to suspect her husband and demands the truth. But Charlie refuses to be forthright and instead tells ... Written by Anonymous

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There will be consequences...





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The movie was shot in 18 days in far-flung locations and the filmmakers didn't see a single foot of dailies until after the whole thing was in the can. See more »


Dr. Marciano: You have any children?
Katherine: No.
Dr. Marciano: You're not thinking about it now, huh?
Katherine: Well, I am, but - my husband has this theory, that children force a person to play it safe.
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from La Wally
by Alfredo Catalani
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I love "The Road to Empire"
30 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Michael Sibay is a brilliant filmmaker and storyteller. The plot of "Road to Empire" is engaging and I felt I was following the twists, turns and thrills of a master raconteur. Normally I don't care for thrillers - I rarely go to see them in the theaters - but I found "The Road to Empire" to be compelling to the point of riveting. All of the shots are very well composed and the editing is fluid. Overall the pacing is perfect - not too fast and not too slow - and the music and sound were very well done. This film is one of those rare gems that should be a darling of Sundance or some other festival. I hope Michael makes more films soon - he is a truly gifted writer/director.

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