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A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter.

Director:

Baltasar Kormákur

Writers:

Walter Doty (screenplay), John Claflin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Stallard ... Chloe
Dermot Mulroney ... Paul Stanton
Diane Kruger ... Diane Stanton
Sam Shepard ... James Harrison
Jordi Mollà ... Aguilar
Vincent Perez ... Dr. Martinez
Rosanna Arquette ... Dr. Rubin
David Selby ... Henry White
Cesar Ramos Cesar Ramos ... Ines
Kristyan Ferrer ... Miguel
Arlin Alcala Arlin Alcala ... Centro Medico Juarez Receptionist
Juan Avila Juan Avila ... Camaronito (as Juan Avila Hernandez)
Nick Banks Nick Banks ... Dr. Sullivan
Richard Barela Richard Barela ... Hotel Clerk
Daniel Barela Daniel Barela ... Used Car Salesman
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A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some people have only one option.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Run for Her Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Juarez, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,030, 24 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,115, 28 October 2010
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26 Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Diane Stanton: Do you think 100 grand's enough?
Paul Stanton: I don't know, it's not like they gave me a price list. Who knows what a lung costs in Mexico.
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A man trying to save his daughter discovers hell and more...
15 August 2010 | by darkhorizon72See all my reviews

This movie is part of a series of movies (Babel, Man on fire comes to mind) which portray the very difficult Mexican social and economic situation next to the American border and how delicate the balance between the two countries is. While North Americans in general have a complete ignorance of the culture and origins of Mexico, they still see them as a source of trouble for their fatherland. As I speak, more restrictive immigration laws are being enforced for Mexicans and South Americans in some states in the U.S. A part of the North American society believes drugs, mobs and social violence is directly related to Mexicans. Again, the turmoil in Mexico is in no small part caused by the necessities North Americans have to "sustain" their honest, well intentioned way of life.

This necessity is what moves a prosecutor (played convincingly by Dermot Mulroney) to go deep into cruel and dangerous Mexican territory (mainly Juarez) in search of an illegal lung donor and an illegal transplant in order to save his daughter's life. During the journey, he'll encounter a dark life of crime and violence unknown to many Americans except when they have to resort to Mexicans for the dirty jobs they won't do themselves or for their convenience. The movie builds tension quite appropriately as we see a desperate father willing to risk his life in search of a mysterious doctor who is in charge of such operations. In his way, he'll see children gangs, prostitution, corrupt policemen and all the colors of human misery when poverty reigns. But he will also discover kindness, decency and the innocence of children (even those carrying automatic guns). In the eyes of the character everyone is corrupt and dishonest and this concept (although it may offend Mexicans or Latin Americans) is exactly what the script aims to do. It tries to show us how ignorant rich societies are of the way poor ones live and that not everyone who lives humbly is a criminal as the main character will find out. He'll also find out that the most despicable characters in the movie are not even Mexicans. (Surprise, surprise they are fellow North Americans). This is a journey of awakening for someone who has to go down to hell because he needs to.

In any case, the characters are believable. The wife (played by Diane Kruger) is a strong and determining character. Chief of police Aguilar (played by an impeccable Jordi Moya) is everything you'd expect from a degenerated police officer and Sam Shepard is also convincing. The music also deserves special mentioning although Newton Howard is basically copying Santaolalla's concept as heard in Brokeback Mountain or Babel. The in crescendo and the very emotional ending add to a movie which is decent and leaves a very important message mostly Mexicans and South Americans as I understand. Rich societies play an important part in the state of poverty (and its consequences) which is undermining poor societies and they have the moral power to revert this situation. That is, if they really wanted to.


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