Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) and El Casper (Édgar Flores) are fleeing their homeland for different reasons. Casper is running away from death and Sayra is running towards life. Their paths meet and director Cary Fukunaga uses this intersection to show you two of South Americas biggest problems. Illegal immigration and the organised gangs like the the Mara Salvatrucha 13. The director apparently spent time riding the trains, talking to its riders and hanging out with MS-13 gang members and it shows in the film. It has no finesse or polish. Just brutal realism.
Rating: * * * +