Undercover DEA agent Enrique Camarena (Steven Bauer) is kidnapped and killed inMexico. Drug lord Benicio Del Toro is responsible, but investigators Treat Williams and CraigT. Nelson discover the corruption is more widespread than they thought. The case boasts thatthis if “from the producers of The Insider, Ali and Black Hawk Down,” but a more accuratesense of this effort would be given had the tag read “from the director of Poltergeist III.” Prettystandard TV fare, and the …diting is very clumsy.
The sound quality is damn near being an unmitigated disaster. The music sounds fine (mostof the time), but there it ends. The dialogue sound is simply atrocious, dissolving in truly horribledistortion. There are moments where all sound succumbs to static and skipping. There aresurround FX, but not that many, and they cut in and out so abruptly with scene changes that theydisrupt, rather than create, any sense of environment. A painful listening experience. Good luckmaking it through all 130 minutes.
The trailer is in 1.78:1, which suggests that, network TV origins notwithstanding, thefullscreen format involves cropping. The level of grain is variable, but is frequently bad enoughto be noticeable. The colours are okay, and the flesh tones are fine. So the picture is by and largeacceptable, but is hampered by being coupled to the atrocious sound.
Eighteen pages of bios cover just about everyone involved. Beyond that, you’ve got thetrailer. The menu is basic.
The cover art echoes Traffic. The cast is interesting. But you’d be better off just watchingTraffic again.
Special Features List
- Cast and Crew Bios