Miguel is the perfect coyote: dedicated, single-minded, his record unblemished. His home is the winding path of the migrant: the back alley gravel, the crumbled pavement, and last - the ...
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R. Simone Brown
An easily frustrated and wise-cracking charter bus driver from the mid-west loses everything after being fired. Desperately, he moves in with his crazy cousin to become a mailman in the rough urban area of Cleveland, Ohio.
Paula Jai Parker,
Miguel is the perfect coyote: dedicated, single-minded, his record unblemished. His home is the winding path of the migrant: the back alley gravel, the crumbled pavement, and last - the river. Despite this perfect record, Miguel is no stranger to death. His nickname, "El Maldito" hints of what we will soon see for ourselves, for Miguel seems haunted by the dead and dying. He comes upon them on desert roads; he hears their confessions, and takes part in their dying wishes. Miguel's house, much like the man himself, stands alone; yellowed photographs breathe the sigh of a life given over to a singular purpose - crossing his people to a new life. There are signs that this quiet struggle is soon to break. When a terrible wreck draws Miguel to the roadside, the order of his life comes to ruin, for Elena, the wreck's lone survivor, recognizes Miguel.Written by
In these days of a proposed border wall between The United States and Mexico, Greg Morgan's "The Boatman" couldn't be better contextually situated. Morgan's dramatic yet emotional thriller weaves the tale of the mysterious coyoté Miguel, played with starkness and darkness by Oscar Torre, who manages to offer violence and the promise of deliverance in a singularly taut performance.
It comes to pass that no one's better than this lone coyoté at migrating Mexicans into America, but of course there's an inevitability to that track record that Morgan then leverages with great aplomb. This is no way a brainless action-only film, and our growing emotional stake heightens when Elena - played by Noemi Dunbar - enters Miguel's life as his alleged daughter. It's a great installation of an undercurrent by Morgan which allows us to then make our own alluring investment in the film's progression and outcome.
The biggest of many wins "The Boatman" achieves is the uniqueness of space Morgan carves out for his film, as he somehow melds the tell-it-with-truth flagship indie credo with the alluring elements of the best major studio action films. From its acting to its deliberately chosen methods of cinematography, this is beautifully crafted cinema from the top of the checklist on down.
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