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Everyone just calls him The Champ - because that's what he was, once. Twenty years ago, he crossed the border the wrong way, a young gringo with stars in his eyes. He became a star of the Lucha Libre - Mexican wrestling - but he lost control for a moment. Broke a guy's neck. And the guy just happened to be the nephew of the local mob boss. The Champ has spent most of the last two decades paying for that mistake, working for the mob. He's done it all: enforcement, collections, assassinations, and underground bare knuckle fights where people bet on men like roosters. What he hasn't done, he's seen. He thought nothing could shock him. He thought wrong. The mob is deep in the pollero (human smuggling) business. About a million Mexicans cross the border into the States every year. The polleros charge $1200 a head or more to get them there. You do the math. It's a big enough business that the mob has partnered with a bloodthirsty splinter group of the Minutemen. The mob sends The Champ to chaperone a group of migrants across the border. The Champ makes the handoff to the Minutemen, then walks away. That's when he hears the gunfire. The Minutemen massacre the illegals - and it doesn't even take them 60 seconds. The event sets The Champ on a collision course with powerful forces on both sides of the border as he seeks justice for the murdered Mexicans - and redemption for himself. He's finally found something worth living for. And to get it, all he has to do is die. —Ian Driscoll
A truly epic accomplishment in independent film.
I saw this movie at one of its first Ottawa showings and was astounded by what a small crew of Canadians could pull off on a shoestring budget with one month in Mexico! The movie was solidly written, and many of the actors, though not being big names or having a lot of experience under their belt, still pulled of an amazing performance. I really appreciated the use of black and white in this movie for flashbacks and thought the moment of sudden saturation was quite a brilliant device. The diversity of shot and styles was impressive and immense ranging from many cool still stylish shots, to gritty camera shake for more intense scenes, which i found really put you into the situation and added some more drama to the movie as a whole. Overall this is one my new favorite Indy flicks, and i would recommend it to anyone into movies about bad-ass dudes, brutal fight scenes and smoking hot babes down in Mexico.
- Feb 24, 2008
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