Cartel 2045 Has Thin Script Yet Powerful Performances
Cartel 2045. Film details.
Director: Chris Le
Writer: Chris Le
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 105 mins
The year is 2045, the continuing drug war has caused havoc between The United States government and Mexico. Gear Side International, a robotics engineering company loses a multi billion dollar government contract due to bad practices. On the brink of bankruptcy, they sell off their technology to the Malvado cartel on the black market. With the advanced military robotics technology in the wrong hands. The cartel uses it to their advantage; replacing their enforcers, hit men, and soldiers. The cartel eventually becomes a very powerful threat to The United States.
Cartel 2045 is written and directed by Chris Le and the movie came out this May on VOD from Uncork’d Entertainment. If you like a Sci-Fi low budget with great performances but with a usual plot, I’m sure you will like it.
Danny Trejo as Angel Malvado
Alex Heartman as Chris
Brad Schmidt as Carson Wright
Blake Webb as Mickey
Kyler Steven Fisher as Military Officer
Adam Scorgie as A.D.A.M.
Luis E. Mendoza as Grunt
Jay Whittaker as Stewart
Sahar Khadjenoury as Hostage
Nathan Day as Luke Hemsworth
Chris Persky as Estevan Flores
Cartel 2045 isn’t a brand new Sci-Fi action flick galore I must state, but it carries a slight novelty to the table with great Special FX, gore, and some impressive performances. It’s worth a watch, not a poor movie overall.
The cinematography works well with the camera work and direction by Chris Le. The actors know what they’re serving and they are enjoying themselves. The grading colours are appropriate for the atmosphere with the post-prod filter applied on screen during the movie… it’s like you’re watching Machete or a Death Proof B-Movie where the screen might blow up at any second. It’s not cheap, and it carries a style that expresses some badass action sequences throughout the movie.
The editing is refined by being fluid and eye-catching. Even the electro soundtrack at moments feels special and modern. The mere issue I had with Cartel 2045 is it being predictable with thin dialogues (some of them on the fringe of being absurd) and a storyline where characters make wrong decisions and they elect to lead the world on a ridiculous robot-spree where the only concern that matters for the mafia is technology… There’s even a robot that turns into a friend of the hero and of course, someone on the inside might be the mole after-all. It’s been done to pieces and we’ve witnessed this a bunch of times.
It’s not that Cartel 2045 is clumsily executed yet it’s not imaginative and with a lot at risk here with positive performances from the casting (including Trejo which I had a slice of a problem in the beginning) it’s distasteful to stay awake for 105 minutes simply to be one more time let down by a narrative that is simple, dull and unoriginal. When you finish the movie, even the credits are ready to roll right after the ultimate second. There’s no time to breathe between the positive and the negative of the movie which takes your breath away but in a negative sense.
I feel bad because I genuinely cherished Brad Schmidt’s rendition of the hero Carson and it would have been considered to see a TV series based on his journey or a sequel of some sorts. Schmidt is a wonderful actor and I remember watching him on a slasher called Lake Alice. Too bad Cartel 2045 doesn’t live up to its assumptions.
With a stunning ensemble cast and a superb villain played by master Danny Trejo, Cartel 2045 is just another action flick with a Sci-Fi twist that doesn’t leave you craving for more even though you’d like to see more from the hero. Maybe a TV series sometime in the future where Le should reexamine his story-lines and maybe just stick with directing?