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The Boatman (2015)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Greg Morgan

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Duke Addleman (co-writer), Greg Morgan (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Torre ... Miguel
Noemi Dunbar ... Elena
Yvonne Delarosa ... Proserpina
Carlos Montilla ... Norberto
Rogelio T. Ramos ... Alejandro
Anthony L. Fernandez ... Julian
Julien Cesario ... Tatooed Man
Hugo E. Carbajal ... Derbied Torero
Michelle González Michelle González ... Mayra
Genia Nunez Genia Nunez ... Marlena
Gene Gabriel ... Agent Carlson
Dean Toews Dean Toews ... Agent Dean
Johnny DeLeon Johnny DeLeon ... Tito
Jason Alejo Jason Alejo ... Jose
Graham Mackie Graham Mackie ... Old Man
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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 Greg Morgan

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On this border, even death has a guide

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16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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La Linea See more »

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Lancaster, California, USA See more »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Suspense and Emotion Intersect
1 February 2019 | by TheAll-SeeingISee all my reviews

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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