Sin Nombre

Year: 2009
Production Co: Scion Films
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Writer: Cary Fukunaga

Like a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu, we meet to very different people in very different circumstances who seem to have little to do with each other. A young girl is accompanying her brother and newly-reacquainted father on a train that will take them from Central America through Mexico to the US border where – like so many before them – they'll try to sneak across.

Somewhere else entirely, a young man is part of a cadre of fearsome and territorial drug runners, initiating a young boy into gang life by the ritual of beating him up for 13 seconds. He has a relationship with a pretty girl, but after the way his awful tattooed boss treats her, leaving her dead, he realises there's no future for him.

After an act of unforgivable disloyalty to the gang, he flees and climbs aboard the same train as the girl and her family. The other inhabitants of the train's roof are afraid and hateful of him for threatening to bring such violence after them while they're trying to keep a low profile, but the girl is strangely drawn to him and they become something like friends on their quest to escape what they left behind.

The violence isn't the worst you've ever seen on screen, but when so many movies try to one up each other with the menacing gang stereotypes any movie that creates a villain this scary has achieved something.

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