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La Linea - The Line (2009)

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The unstable new kingpin of a Tijuana drug cartel is targeted by an assassin for elimination.

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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 Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, sexual material, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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22 December 2011 (South Korea)  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Don 'The Dragon' Wilson was originally cast to star in the role of Ray Liotta. Wilson's role was entirely rewritten for Liotta, eliminating any martial arts content. Wilson cites losing the role as part of the reason for his five year hiatus from filmmaking. See more »

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Javier Salazar: The Americans,they are very smart,but sometimes they can be incredibly stupid.They spend all this money,time and energy on so called war on terror.They put satellites up in space.They can ram a smart-bomb up a camel's ass... from a situation 5 thousand miles away.and every time the U.S kills an Al Qaeda leader,what happens? There's a new one before the body is cold.They do it a million times,and never get it... Because the real solution,always eludes them.
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One Day
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Performed by Melody Gardot
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A Brilliant Crime Drama
23 September 2015 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

The Line refers to the drug pathway between Mexico and the United States. In this surprisingly under-rated dramatic movie, there is a carefully crafted visceral location setting in Tijuana along with a character portrayal that goes beyond the normal crime thriller. This is character and plot-driven movie that only uses action violence as a secondary element. As such, movie likely turned many audience members off, who anticipated the usual amount of over the top explosions, mayhem, and fabulous action.

There is a rich crispness of cinematography that resembles director Michael Mann's work as in Manhunter (1986) as well as the smooth, ethnic music that adds power to the movie much in the way Mark Isham used music in The Cooler (2003). The way the movie unfolds along with his gritty, humanistic dirt and emotions echoes elements of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992) and Robert De Niro's The Good Shepard (2006). Just a dark and comical in its depiction of an assassin in The Matador (2005), The Line reveals a dark and substantive humanistic tour of crime drama. The Line could have laid the groundwork of the award winning work of Ben Affleck's Argo (2012).


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