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Highway Patrolman

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Highway Patrolman

Current Status:
In Season
Bruno Bichir, Roberto Sosa
Foreign Language

We gave it a B-

Generally, the global cinematic tide flows toward the United States, with foreign-born directors eager to defect to the land of opportunity and astronomical budgets. Alex Cox is an anomaly: After making his mark in England with seminal films like Repo Man and Sid and Nancy, then suffering two critical and commercial flops (Straight to Hell and Walker), he abruptly hightailed it to Mexico. His first feature there (now making its belated U.S. video debut, just as Cox’s latest, The Winner, starring Rebecca De Mornay and Billy Bob Thornton, opens in a few cities July 25) is surprisingly low-key. If Highway Patrolman suffers from occasional bouts of stagnation — there’s no plot to speak of, just a minute examination of the indignities a rookie patrullero suffers — it also demonstrates a promising complexity and maturity. Slow going, but worth your patience. B-