14 April 2009

Sleep Dealer

Directed by: Alex Rivera
Written by: Alex Rivera & David Riker
Full credits from IMDb

Grade: 2.5/4

Sleep Dealer grapples with the Latino immigrant experience. Before you click away in been-there boredom, know that it does so by harnessing the batty tropes of science fiction: It sets its protagonist, an itinerant laborer, within a dystopian, technocratic, Philip K. Dickian near future in which a war over water rights, pitting freedom fighters against corporations and the governments that love them, has devastated the Mexican economy. The recent Sugar, which cloaks its immigrant story in the trappings of a neorealist baseball movie, might handle more effectively the bleak reality of the migrant workhorse. But Sleep Dealer is a hell of a lot more entertaining.

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