Bridge tries to span too far

Cov­er­ing so much ter­ri­tory can be a tricky busi­ness, writes MCT’S

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pulling of the cen­tral char­ac­ters. But there are also points at which they step aside to re­veal more about the sup­port­ing play­ers: Frye’s ap­proach to the case, for ex­am­ple, or how Mill­right is seen by her wealthy neigh­bours. There’s more than a lit­tle of Traf­fic at work here, al­though that film (and the minis­eries that in­spired it) moved more cer­tainly for­ward. The Bridge can at times be very good; Bichir, a best-ac­tor Os­car nom­i­nee for A Bet­ter Life , is es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive. It is also strong when it comes to the des­per­a­tion of life along the bor­der.

But The Bridge loves com­plex­ity too much, in the lay­ers of Cross’s per­son­al­ity and in the va­ri­ety of char­ac­ters and sto­ries it tries to jug­gle.

The Bridge stars Demian Bichir, Johnny Dow­ers, Ted Levine and Diane Kruger.

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