'Across The Line'
(Andy Garcia, Aidan Quinn, Mario Van Peebles, Danny Pino, et al / DVD / NR / 2010 / Maya Ent.)
Overview: Desperate to payoff a large debt, a besieged local Narco-head (Garcia), rounds up every crooked cop on his payroll to track down the financier and uncover the fortune that could save his family from a gruesome end. Also chasing the $2billion is a retired Russian mobster, who after being swindled by the charismatic crook , dispatches a lethal mercenary team ( led by Luke Goss) to bring his nemesis back DEAD OR ALIVE. It's also personal for the FBI task force officer ( Van Peebles) who let the financier slip through his fingers back in the USA; This agent knows that his career rides on returning to the States with the billionaire embezzler in his possession.
DVD Verdict: Across the Line (also known as The Exodus of Charlie Wright) is the story of the just-mentioned Charlie Wright (played in raw styling, as always, by Aidan Quinn) who may well be a successful investment banker, but is a much better scam artist! Indeed, he has bilked billions of dollars from investors in a huge Ponzi scheme and now the FBI is on his case!
So, as anyone would, Wright takes flight to Mexico, but he's pursued by the FBI, Tijuana gangsters, and Russian mafia mercenaries all the same - and who are all out for the same thing!
While all of this is going on, the local Mexican gangster (Andy Garcia - who, as usual, just steals the show!) finds himself in a mess. He owes a lot of money and does not have the funds to pay it back to another gangster. He learns that Wright is in his town and arranges for his capture. He tells Wright that if Charlie would give him the money then Wright would be free and clear to remain safely in Tijuana - yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Oh, and for the record, for being almost 50, Gina Gershon as Garza's wife looks just as hot as she did in Showgirls - though, sadly, she doesn't get much screen time. The rest of the cast is rounded out by experienced actors such as Danny Pino, Corbin Bernsen, Raymond J. Barry, Luke Goss and Bokeem Woodbine.
Anyway, for being straight to DVD, the film is shot extremely well. Great visuals of Mexico, plus a solid movie score. Director R. Ellis Frazier, who himself lived in Mexico for a number of years, uses some interesting color correction styles along the way too. Indeed, Frazier's talent shows boldly in this film, and bodes well for his future.
The ending of the film ties everything all together when an unlikely ally comes to his defense, but it all goes to prove that 'Across The Line' is one great movie to rent for a night in. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.