Monday, January 18, 2010

Sin Nombre in 175 Words

The people climb on top of a train heading North to America. As they pass through one town, smiling children run alongside and toss fruits up to the travelers. The journey continues; horrors begin to accumulate. The next town they roll through, the food is replaced by rocks, and curses about filthy immigrants, go home, you're unwanted. The tracks cut through bodies, and hopes get burned off, burned down to a sharp point. Only those willing to pick it up as a weapon make it anywhere, and that somewhere is infernal.

That maybe makes it sound dour, and less captivating than it is. Sin Nombre is truly moving. The horrors come, but so do moments of warmth, and yes, redemption. A young man already a ghost; the girl he saves. She was too much cost. What takes them forward is ball of light on the horizon, some maybe mistook it for the Sun, but the ghost knows better - that's just a sign in a parking lot in southern Texas calling their names. And it's enough.

1 comment:

Heather said...

One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Loved it!!