When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.
A gun-for-hire known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Russia and Eastern Europe.
The story centers around veteran assassin Mark Shields as he tracks down, Pelon, the elusive head of the Salazar Crime Cartel. Through twists of fate, Shields ends up with a local woman, Olivia who is also fighting her own demons for the sake of her daughter. Set in the rich and atmospheric backdrop of Tijuana, Mexico, La Linea (The Line) is full of action, drama and finds its soul in the plight of the characters that inhabit the most dangerous city in North America. Written by
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La Linea is a great film, but it is also a bit of a trick, which may hurt the film eventually. No doubt that the distributors and the Hollywood machine will try to market this film as a topical action film snatched right out of the headlines. In actuality, La Linea is a classic character study of several complex people who converge and/or collide in the very dangerous city of Tijuana, Mexico.
Ray Liotta plays a hired assassin (whose paymaster we don't know until the end), who heads down in the underbelly of Tijuana to track down a the newly installed head of the Cartel (Esai Morales). The problem is that Esai Morales' character is trying to move the Cartels business from Cocaine (which, in this story, is approved by the US government), to Afghani Heroin. This decision sets into motion an internal struggle for control of the crime syndicate, as well as triggers the US government to send in assassins to get rid of the problem.
Sounds like an action movie for Dolph Lundgren, right? No. Interestingly enough, La Linea is really a multiple character study: An assassin haunted by guilt. An uber-violent Cartel leader that has to go to confession everyday. The assassins sidekick who is more interested in local hookers than getting the hit done. A local prostitute and single mother who takes a stranger in and cares for him. These are all story lines that thread through this very dark tail. I did enjoy the film, and I would definitely recommend it. My only hope is that the powers that be market the film for what it is, so that people who are looking to see a Dolph Lundgren film, don't pick it up and are disappointed. This is a very well done film, with beautiful cinematography and from what I understand, completely independently financed. We need more like it.
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