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When the LAPD fails to capture the killer of a beautiful foreign exchange student whose naked body was found brutalized and drenched in blood, the girl's enraged father enlists the aid of a... See full synopsis »

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Rogelio Fojo
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Credited cast:
Armando Valdes-Kennedy Armando Valdes-Kennedy ... Max Del Toro
Iran Daniel ... Detective Morales
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Azurdia ... Puppet
Al Bravo Al Bravo ... Taxi Driver
Rick Federman Rick Federman ... Luke T. Flynn
Sofia Fojo Sofia Fojo ... Laura's finger
Francisco Javier Gomez ... Bartender
JoJo Henrickson JoJo Henrickson ... Spooky
Brandy Lopez Brandy Lopez ... Laura
Deek McNeill Deek McNeill ... Jimmy the Snapper
Nayan Raina ... Mr. Yoshi (as Sunny Raina)
Gwill Richards Gwill Richards ... Captain Texas
Seng Soukhaseum Seng Soukhaseum ... Ying Ming
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When the LAPD fails to capture the killer of a beautiful foreign exchange student whose naked body was found brutalized and drenched in blood, the girl's enraged father enlists the aid of a close friend and former police detective to conduct his own investigation in a brutal murder mystery from director Rogelio Fojo. Upon arriving in Los Angeles to gather clues and catch the killer, seasoned detective Max finds his investigation quickly leading down a dark path of drugs, gang violence, and police corruption. There's much more to this murder than meets the eye though, and the closer Max gets to the truth, the greater the chance becomes that he will meet as grim a fate in this vicious city of murder and deceit. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Spanish | English

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5 July 2005 (USA) See more »

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Arekita Productions See more »
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missed opportunity
17 September 2007 | by winner55See all my reviews

The makers of this direct-to-video failure had enough money available to afford decent location filming and decent action scene set-ups and executions. So why didn't they spend a little time on their dialog and direction? The story is a little hard to follow; investigating the death of a Mexican mobster's daughter, a hit-man discovers the corruptions Los Angeles has to offer. The story gets more confused through the poor performances of most of the actors, who miss cues and flub lines all over the place. They appear to be improvising, but are not very inventive at it, and so they just talk on and on, trying to reach a pause, which should be cued by the director, who, unfortunately, just lets them talk on and on. This improvisational approach appears to have been necessitated by the actors' failure to learn their lines before the shoot; that they all suffer from this indicates a director who doesn't care about the script. Well, but if the film-makers don't care, why should the audience.

There are a couple young actors with promise here, and a couple nice things happen with the camera-work and in the action set-pieces. But all this gets lost under the weight of wasted time, effort, money. A real missed opportunity by the director here.


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