The Gatekeeper

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  • Summary: This true-to-life drama, based on Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Border Patrol reports as well as countless first hand accounts of hopeful migrant struggles, depicts the current civil unrest occurring at the U.S. Mexican Border. (Gatekeeper Productions)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Has a certain stiffness and awkwardness at the start, but this deeply personal work steadily grows more powerful and eloquent, creating a tragic vision of the plight of illegal aliens that transcends its melodramatic elements.
  2. 63
    Isn't the most seductive film ever made about border life or undocumented immigrants, but in a way it's unfair to compare it to such artistic triumphs as ''Touch of Evil,'' ''El Norte,'' ''Lone Star,'' and ''Traffic.''
  3. 63
    Despite its flaws, The Gatekeeper will keep you engaged.
  4. Suffers from Frey’s diluted multitasking. The director, writer, and star are not equally talented.
  5. 50
    Frey's harrowing depiction of this milieu transcends the indifferent acting and contrived plot.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Actor-turned-director John Carlos Frey, who also stars, knows how to push the right sentimental buttons in what ultimately amounts to a pedestrian actioner, a cliched compendium of Anglo villains and Mexican martyrs.
  7. It's a movie you want to like, but its sometimes laughably bad execution makes that difficult.

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