A surprisingly great film!
I was invited to a private screening of "La Linea" here in Los Angeles,
but really didn't know what to expect. I have to say though that I
really thought the film was something special, it reminded why I love
independent film so much. From the intelligent, refreshing plot,
layered and interesting characters,to the beautiful cinematography
(reminiscent of Traffic, Man on Fire, etc). I also thought the music
was really cool in the film (will have to check out who did it). I just
think La Linea delivered on all fronts, and truly deserves all the
accolades and attention I feel it will receive.
Im looking forward to seeing it again when it comes out..
A Major Disappointment
This movie had a great deal to be excited about, including the setting
in TJ, some fine actors who actually turned in excellent performances,
a few memorable vignettes that built expectations, and a plot flip late
in the movie that was well executed.
Unfortunately these component parts were hashed together into an
agonizingly slow moving hodgepodge world where nothing made much sense.
It was difficult to build tension, or even interest as a multiplicity
of characters were tossed into the mix without clear purpose or clear
connection to the main storyline, and the storyline itself included
major elements that made no sense at all. I don't claim to be the most
observant person in the world but I spent most of the movie wondering
what the heck was happening. What was the relationship between Liotta
and Cruz? Why did she take care of him? Why bring a hired gun into your
home with your little girl and get involved in some kind of fight
between cartels? Cruz was cast as a big hearted street-wise prostitute,
so why would she act so stupidly? And there was no chemistry at all
there, so what's the point? Then we have supposedly highly skilled
assassins trying to 'get' one kingpin and they take on about 20 guns in
a parking lot -- two of them. Really slick. And Liotta, the
professional's professional suddenly goes rogue and single handedly
takes on a building full of thugs like something out of a Rambo movie.
Give me a break. Don't lure us into believing this is some kind of a
thinker's gang movie, then toss in some silly one man against the mob
It's worth watching for the scenery, the vignettes that work, and some
of the acting. But don't get your expectations up too high. There isn't
enough action to make this really exciting, and the plodding
sentimentality of much of the plot is sundered by the absurdity of some
of its elements..