Soy Nero

Even though it began playing the international film-festival circuit a year and a half ago, Soy Nero (translation: I Am Nero) is now hitting U.S. shores thanks to our president feeling the need to shut down DACA and possibly deporting a bunch of "Dreamers" who only know the U.S. of A. as their home.

Soy Nero follows an Angeleno (Johnny Ortiz) who was deported to Mexico and goes all out into sneaking back to the States and joining the Army in order to obtain citizenship. Most of the movie has Nero wandering around in unwelcome territory, coming into contact with people who mean him more harm than good. When he finally makes it in the U.S., Nero hitches a ride with an unhinged white dude who may or may not have kidnapped his own daughter. (Later, they briefly hang out with the white dude's sheisty brother, who doesn't tell him that the mansion he lives at isn't actually his.) In the second half, the movie quantum-leaps to him in military action, patrolling No Man's Land in the Middle East and finding he’s not so welcome amongst his fellow troops either.

While co-writer/director Rafi Pitts strives to show how undocumented people go through hell just to prove how American they are, this bloated, aimless movie doesn't make a convincing case as to why anyone would want to live in this muhfucka. Nearly everyone Nero comes in contact with -- white, black or Latino -- are mostly assholes. Viewers may end up wishing this poor bastard would skip America entirely and try his luck in Canada. Besides, their leader looks like he knows what the hell he's doing.

Credits

Director:

  • Rafi Pitts

Cast:

  • Rory Cochrane
  • Khleo Thomas
  • Aml Ameen
  • Michael Harney
  • Darrell Britt-Gibson
  • Joel McKinnon Miller
  • Alex Frost
  • Kyle Davis

Writer:

  • Rafi Pitts

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