Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009
Several interwoven plots battle for attention in this manipulative, socially conscious exploitation movie, constructed Crash-style, about the dream of US citizenship and the nightmare it can be to obtain. This clumsy film uses a sledgehammer to convince us of something we already agree on—that the country’s immigration system is broken—but fails to meaningfully address the subject matter. There’s outrage, but it’s empty and without much conviction. In several jarring spots, it simply takes time out to preach, once pausing in the middle of a convenience store robbery to deliver a civics lesson. Go rent The Visitor.