La Mission is the latest production from the Bratt brothers. The brains behind the operation was Peter Bratt who wrote and directed La Mission, and Benjamin Bratt stars in this epic tale about a macho-man who comes into play with his son sexual orientation. Benjamin Bratt is known for his roles in Traffic and Miss Congeniality (as Sandra Bullock‘s sidekick and love interest), but La Mission might just be Benjamin Bratt’s keystone role.
So did the Bratt brother make something worth your time, check it out our review of La Mission…
- Director: Peter Bratt
- Writer: Peter Bratt
- Cast: Benjamin Bratt , Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesse Borrego, Talisa Soto Bratt
Che Rivera (Bratt) is a powerful man respected throughout the Mission district of San Francisco. Known for his love of building beautiful lowrider cars and violent past, Che is the widowed father of Jes. Throughout the story, Che is tested when he finds out that Jes is gay. He has to decide between becoming the man he used to be (an alcoholic mad man) or accepting his son for who he is, in a very traditional community that shuns homosexuality.
- Performances: Benjamin Bratt along with the rest of the cast absolutely blew me away. I never envisioned Bratt to be able to play a character like Che Rivera, who is so tough, violent, and ‘gangster,’ as well as he did. He completely transformed himself and it felt like watching a real-life, old school gangster in front of me. Alexander also nailed her performance as Che’s hipster neighbor, Lena. Despite the ups and downs, she always stayed true to her character and knew how to be powerful without going over the top.
- Script: For the most part, we all hate corny scripts, but Peter Bratt’s corniness worked to its advantage. The culture he was writing about forced him to write corny lines such as “The thing about lowriding is we don’t really go anywhere, we just take our time getting there, you know. Low and slow.” Said in the wrong context, by the wrong actor, and a line like this could kill a film, but instead it enhanced it. It was funny and smart, and gave the actors something to real push themselves with.
- The Story: A man is respected/feared by everyone in the community for being a macho-man leader and he has to deal with (what is to him) the ultimate weakness. The story is amazingly realistic and takes you on a journey. Without spoiling the ending (because there is no way to do in justice in a review) this film has a powerful message that is important and pertinent to the world today.
- Length: Even though the film was an overall hit, it was a bit too long (117 minutes to be exact). I don’t know if IMAX 3D has anything to do with it (meaning that if a film doesn’t have all the cool effects and it exceeds two hours, it becomes a bit of a drag) but I felt that some of the scenes could have been shorter. With a bit of cutting La Mission would be perfect.
- Religion: There’s a lot of talk about religion. It’s not necessarily bad, it just gets a bit annoying. If you know the culture that La Mission is based upon at least a little bit than you might get all of the dancing Indians, smoke signals, virgins and saints. If not, it might become a bit overwhelming and confusing.
La Mission is filled with great performances. The story is very interesting, along with Peter Bratt’s script. It is a bit too long, but if you can sit still for two hours LA Mission is a great film and a must-see.
La Mission opens on April 9, 2010.
Will you go see La Mission this weekend?