Bridge tries to span too far
Covering so much territory can be a tricky business, writes MCT’S
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.