Directed by Wayne Kramer
A story of illegal immigration in 21st-century America.
As a statement about immigration, Crossing Over “borders on the absurd,” said Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News. Written, directed, and co-produced by Wayne Kramer, the film comes off as a “feature-length public-service announcement” rather than a thoughtful examination of an important national issue. Crossing Over imitates 2004’s Oscar-winning Crash, right down to its Los Angeles setting and multi-strand style of storytelling. An ensemble cast, headed by Harrison Ford, confronts one mini drama after another. Each one is “faker and more obvious than the last,” said Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. To heighten the emotion, every character turns out to be connected by coincidence—or rather convenience. Kramer’s “forced, heavy-handed, and overdone” film only pretends to be serious. In fact, it “offers crass manipulation in the place where honesty is supposed to be.” Emotional button-pushing is no substitute for original thinking, said Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal. Kramer, a naturalized immigrant from South Africa, probably has some personal insights to share. But his film has “nothing to declare.”
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