Crossing Over 2009, ***, R




Starring: Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta


This film is a series of vignettes that focus on various parts of the Department of Homeland Security, including ICE (Immigration and Customs and Enforcement).


Harrison Ford is an ICE team member and rounds up illegals on the California/Mexico border.  At the beginning of the film, he and other team members raid a sewing factory; one particular woman is upset because her son is at an upstairs daycare, and she is forced to leave without him (late Ford-feeling some compassion for the situation-is able to find the child and return him home). 


Elsewhere, in the Los Angeles area Ashley Judd works as a social worker and tries to help immigrant families as well as orphaned children.   


We also hear from a Muslim teen in a high school classroom where she gives a speech to class and sympathizes with suicide bombers, and the 9/11 Al Qaeda terrorists.  As you can imagine this causes quite a disturbance in the classroom and yet the teacher (probably politically liberal) lets her continue the speech.


Ray Liotta is one of the many “approvers” of US Visas, and it just so happens that a particular Australian blonde agrees to sleep with him to get her Visa.  All goes awry there, as you could have guessed. 


I think this was a very well done movie, because it shows aspects of immigration issues from all angles.  It reminds me of the film “Crash,” written and directed by Paul Haggis, not only due to the vignette approach, but the idea that there are many different sides to the story.  However, toleration of people that could be threatening to the American people is not accepted, even if it’s a 15 year old (due to the fact that suicide bombers are typically in the mid teens to early 20s.) 


The film also has a great line up of actors; however we don’t see them interact with one another-maybe another film?


Check this one out on DVD if you are into political dramas, or work for the federal government.



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