Coyote

"Coyote" follows upstanding Americans as they carve out a new business shepherding Mexican illegals Stateside.

With:
With: Brian Petersen, Brett Spackman, Carley Adams, Marina Valle, Oswaldo Hernandez, David C. Thompson.

Dig under the premise of Brian Petersen and Brett Spackman’s indie adventure, “Coyote” — upstanding Americans carve out a new business shepherding Mexican illegals Stateside — and the storytelling reveals more holes than an aging border fence. Despite some twists in the final act, when the antiheroes appear doomed by actual Mexican “coyotes” angry about these encroaching Yanks, the action is dulled by an unlikely setup and basic-cable-style characters. Indeed, smallscreen outlets appear the most likely destination.

Learning from buddy J. (Spackman) about a Mexican national safely brought over the border for more than $1,000, Steve (Petersen) perks up at the business prospects. Given that he’s 31, a retired multimillionaire and engaged to marry Katie (Carley Adams), it’s beyond belief that Steve would be attracted to such a high-risk gambit. Opening scene hints at his dumb decision, but, in the meantime, the pals build a going biz until local coyotes get wind of their plans. INS officials may blanch at pic’s detailed and researched coverage of illegal cross-border transport, but will be pleased at the closing message that crime doesn’t pay.

Coyote

Production: A Side Street production. Produced by Chris Wyatt, Devin Colvin. Executive producers, Brian Petersen, Brett Spackman. Directed by Brian Petersen. Screenplay, Petersen, Brett Spackman.

Crew: Camera (color), Robb Hanks; editor, Spackman; music, Christopher Brady; production designer, Stefani Batson. Reviewed at Los Angeles Film Festival (Guilty Pleasures), June 23, 2008. (Also in Brooklyn Film Festival.) English, Spanish dialogue. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Brian Petersen, Brett Spackman, Carley Adams, Marina Valle, Oswaldo Hernandez, David C. Thompson.

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