group of college-age students take a road trip to Cancun, Mexico for
Spring Break. Being young is supposed to be fun and adventurous.
But, when a simple roadblock comes up, life is never going to be the
same again in this suspense feature motion picture by Director
Lakisha Lemons called “Border Break”.
and Directed by Lakisha Lemons, “Border Break” follows a group
of college students (played by Kari Gillespie as Janet Taylor,
Denise Williamson as Samantha, Christian Gallegos as Ace and Tyler
McElroy as Chad) on their way to Mexico for Spring Break. On the way
and while on the main road in Texas, they are diverted by a
roadblock and forced to detour and take the long way around. While
stopping at a convenient store for gasoline, they inadvertently
stumble onto a robbery where a Deputy is shot and killed. In fear
that the robber may still be in the store, the group decides to
leave the store and find the local Sheriff’s Department. While
looking for the Sheriff’s Office, we learn that one of the
students is not who he claims to be and the robber (played by LeMarc
Johnson) is on the run from something or someone. When they find the
Sheriff’s office in this small Texas town in the middle of
nowhere, they slowly realize that the office, one of the students
and the Sheriff (played by Cory Hart) and his Deputy (played by
Frank White) are a front for Human and Sex Trafficking. Now Janet
and Samantha are being beaten, held against their will and on the
movie itself is structured as a documentary and a filmmaking project
set up by the mother to document the events that took place and to
recreate the disappearance of her daughter and her friends. She also
hires a private detective (played by Trent Daniel) to find her
daughter and piece things together.
Lemons did a more than excellent job in creating a well-made film
with suspense, twists, turns and a look into the horrid reality of
the movie is as one would expect a mock-documentary to look like
with handheld cameras, natural lighting and interviews.
Sound was consistent throughout the entirety of the movie,
both deep and rich. On the “re-creation” portion of the
movie, where a crew was hired to document and re-create the
disappearance of Janet and her friends, the movie was, as well,
expected in a re-creation with the use of steady cams and handheld
cameras. The back music was subtle and moved the movie from scene to
scene smoothly and easily. Also, the editing was seamless.
the camera is cinematographer Rakesh Jacob who did a fantastic job
in shooting this movie. His use of camera angles, movement,
composition of frame, blocking his shot was superb. With his eye and
Director’s vision both were able to put together a good story that
actually cut between “re-creation”, surveillance video and, of
course, a documentary style cinematography. There was a lot going on
with this motion picture that, on the surface, looks easy to make,
but this was definitely something that took some time to create.
“Border Break” is an excellent attempt by Director Lakisha
Lemons for a more complicated and technically intricate movie. We
think she did an outstanding job with “Border Break”. On the
downside, this movie was made like a documentary. It could have been
an excellent drama and a story worth watching.
well, the movie is a good effort, by the team, in telling a
complicated story that contained a lot of variables, twists and
turns. But, by the end of the movie, the Director was able to bring
it all together, powerfully and concisely.
was a collection of some very talented actors that worked together
in creating an ensemble. They performed brilliantly together and
each of the characters complimented each other resulting in a smooth
transition from one character to another. Performances by each of
the actors were natural and believable. Each actor is a professional
in his or her own right. A special performance from the lead, Ms.
Kari Gillespie, was outstanding (she played the role of Janet
Taylor). The final scene, by itself, was powerful, scary, sad and
very convincing. From this scene alone the audience gets as close as
one can to the realities of Human and Sex Trafficking. Judge for
yourself, pick up the DVD and watch it. Get involved with the
Independent movie scene and become an executive producer. Help indie
moviemakers make movies. Open up your wallets for a project you
think is up your alley and make some MOVIES!!!
TSIRS rating: C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine rates
this movie as a low 4.5 out of 5 on the TSIRS scale.
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Company: LL Productions, Advanced Eye Films and Irving Films &
Premiere: April 28, 2012 at the AMC First Colony 24, in Sugar Land,
Lakisha Lemons and Kari Gillespie (treatment)
Producer: Charles Irving
Lakisha Lemons, Jesse Young III, JaQuay Young
includes Denise Williamson, Cory Hart, George Cisneros, Christian
Gallegos Frank White, Hilary Wagner, Kari Gillespie, Ashley Stern,
LeMarc Johnson, Elle Hammons, JaQuay Young, Bobby Simpson II, Ryan
Houston, Guillermo Guerrero, Michelle McMullen, Tyler McElroy, Trent
Daniel, Catherine Rauth and Sarah Dashun