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Mexico City
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // R // March 12, 2002
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted March 26, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Review:
Mexico City

Movie:
Mexico City was written and directed by Richard Shepard, who has also directed such films as Oxygen and Mercy. Starring in the film are Stacy Edwards (Mitch), Jorge Robles (Pedro), and Robert Patrick (Ambassador Mills).

In Mexico City on a layover, Mitch and her brother Sam explore the city. After awhile, Mitch decides to turn in early, while Sam goes for drinks. The next morning, Sam hasn't returned yet and soon, misses their connecting flight. Mitch then begins her frantic search through the city for her brother, a search that will take her to the American Embassy and uncover a plot to derail the upcoming re-election of the President of Mexico.

Though the case promises "Exhilarating Thrills," the movie was, with few exceptions, on the dull side. Edwards's acting is decent, though I really think she works better as a supporting actor (as in Driven and 4 Dogs Playing Poker). Robert Patrick's role is also extremely small. The movie does have two or three suspenseful scenes near the end, though the ending itself is anti-climatic.

Picture:
Mexico City is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Buena Vista's transfer is quite good, though defects such as specks, smaller marks, and some slight grain are all present. The stock footage at the beginning of the film is, as one might expect, riddled with defects. Colors are well saturated and vibrant, flesh tones are accurate, and blacks are deep and rich.

Sound:
Mexico City is presented in Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 in English and Spanish. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout the film, with no distortion that I could detect. The track, while it doesn't have a lot of surround use, does employ them for environmental effects and the film's score. Optional English captions are also included.

Extras:
The main extra on the disc is a commentary with Shepard. Shepard gives a fairly informative track, though spends a bit too much time pointing out each actor and naming their previous accomplishments or ties to the crew, even if they appear for only seconds. Thankfully, he also does manage to discuss locations, how scenes were set, influences on his directing, the genesis of the film's storyline, how he edited the film together, and what changes he'd go back and make now, seeing the final product again.

Other extras include trailers for: The Others, Bravo Two Zero, Robinson Crusoe, Children of the Corn: Revelation, and High Heels & Low Lifes.

Summary:
Mexico City is worth a rental if you're interested in an average suspense film or you're a huge fan of Stacy Edwards. If not, don't bother.

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