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La linea (2009)

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La linea is a movie starring Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, and Esai Morales. The unstable new kingpin of a Tijuana drug cartel is targeted by an assassin for elimination.







Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mark Shields
... Javier Salazar
... René Pelon
... Padre Antonio
... Olivia
... Diablo
... Wire
... Anthony
... Hodges
... Mario
... Martin
... Pablo
... Mohommad
... Randall
Victoria Elizabeth ... Ana


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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Release Date:

22 December 2011 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

La Linea - The Line  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Don 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: Do nothing... If you want it shut down the fundamental flaw system... all you gotta do is step out of it's way... and it'll shut itself down. Nature has a way of correcting itself.
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Written by Juan Villareal
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Underrated at 5.2
7 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Wow, it's getting to where I really can't trust IMDb ratings to decide what to watch anymore. This movie is underrated. I suspect many people who rated it low, wanted more explosions and car chases. This is not an action film. It is a subtle yet intense look at how a person can be extremely tough yet so very vulnerable at the same time. There are no feel good characters. No role model action heroes. No clear cut lines between good and bad.

Other reviewers have noted that it was confusing. Admittedly the script was confusing at first. It wasn't clear who was motivated by what, and what flashbacks meant what to whom. But about halfway through the film it starts to come together beautifully and continues to do so to the interesting and somewhat moving end. If you stop waiting for the gratuitous action scenes which never happen, and just watch the story, it works well. Yes, some plot points seem a little unrealistic, but that's why I put the story at only a 7.

While the story is good, the acting is all around superb. I have never been the biggest Liotta fan. He's good, but like a lot of tough guy character actors, sometimes his tough guy persona crosses the line into bluffery in my opinion. Not here. He was near perfect. Almost everyone was, including minor characters played by people I have never heard of. No fake looking bluffery, nothing overdone. I would give this a 7 for story and direction, but the acting puts it up to 8.

Also, the music was as wonderfully chosen as the actors. There was a point in the middle of the movie where one character began to cry. We aren't shown explicitly why, no details, but we are shown enough to understand and fill in her story for ourselves. I found that one scene, with the song from Melody Gardot, particularly beautiful.

In a nutshell, I would describe this as a smoulderingly intense drama. If you are looking for an action thriller you will be disappointed.

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