Film Review: 600 Miles (2015) | Director: Gabriel Ripstein

600 Miles

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3.5/5.

Author: Feargal Agard | Runtime: 85 min. | Director: Gabriel Ripstein | Year: 2015.

600 Miles: What an extraordinary and unpredictable film experience, filled with exciting and dramatic moments, that are innovatively surprising. About a weapons smuggler who kidnaps ATF agent Hank during an attempt of arrest.

600 Miles is about Arnulfo Rubio (Kristyan Ferrer), a young Mexican boy who, together with Carson (Harrison Thomas), smuggles weapons across the border from the United States to Mexico for a Mexican cartel. Hank Harris (Tim Roth), a special agent working for ATF (Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), has been following Arnulfo and Carson around for a while. At one point Hank sees an opportunity and he tries to arrest Arnulfo. Except things go totally wrong. Arnulfo and Carson succeed in seizing the force majeure, after which Arnulfo hijacks Hank out of fear and crosses the border to his Mexican cartel bosses, who he thought would know what to do next. They are on the road for six hundred miles and there are a number of very exciting moments. Strangely enough, Hank tries to help Arnulfo during one of these exciting moments. Maybe to save his own skin or out of pity? Will Arnulfo arrive safely at his bosses in Mexico? And will Hank survive a visit at the bosses of Arnulfo’s Mexican cartel?

600 Miles is not an easy classifiable movie. It is clearly an exciting drama/thriller, but the best part is that it is quite an extraordinary film. This is the directorial debut of the Mexican-born director Gabriel Ripstein. His film is about the intermediary-type-of-person who usually doesn’t survive in films, played by Arnulfo. They almost always die and do not have much to add than the execution of orders. Arnulfo is not entirely the stereotyped courier. Although he can be tough, it is clear that he is a sensitive person, who wants to belong to and he is quite naïve. This contrasts a bit with Hank, who has a long history with the ATF. He is experienced, professional and older. Yet it seems that they can help each other. Gabriel Ripstein also makes a reference to the ‘Fast and Furious’ operation of the real-life ATF with his film. With which they allowed the smuggling of weapons from the United States to Mexico, in order to find out which Mexican cartels the weapons went to.

The acting performances could not be referred to as striking or very particular, but it is certainly not bad. The actors and the director provide a realistic experience. Arnulfo’s character brings about the necessary emotional experience. There are times when you sympathize with him, but there are also times when you can find him unfair. The same applies to Hank, a calm and quite fragile man, who carries a lot of wisdom. As a viewer you are afraid that he will die, but as the journey progresses you will gain confidence in him. The sympathetic attitudes of the characters engage you as a viewer and make you long for a good ending.

Brace yourself for an extraordinary and unpredictable movie experience. A film filled with exciting and dramatic moments. 600 Miles is a must-see for all viewers, but especially for viewers who want to see something different for once. A film that does not follow a structure according to the ‘film manual’, but that unexpectedly surprises in an innovative way.

Genre: Drama, Thriller | Languages: English, Spanish | Dutch Distributor: Amstelfilm.

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