Plot: Danny (Lorenzo Lamas) is about to dust off his boxing gloves for a high profile bout with a lot of personal animosity involved, so as he prepares, he worries for the safety of his son. After all, there will be a lot of high stakes wagers and if the bookies can ensure the outcome, it could mean a fortune in profits. But when he leaves their motel room for just a few minutes, he returns to find his son has been kidnapped and now he must track him down before its too late. As it turns out, his son was taken by human traffickers and the plan is for him to be sold on the black market, though he and another captive are going to put up a fight. Can Danny find his son in time and if so, can he settle the score with the criminals who endangered his family?
Entertainment Value: If wanting to watch Lorenzo Lamas in b movie cheese is wrong, then I refuse to be right. BorderCross is a strange one, with a narrative that starts off focused on a high stakes boxing match, then shifts gears into a low rent action flick about father/son bonding and human trafficking. The story doesn’t make much sense, but it does offer up some wooden performances, awkward interactions, and inexplicable plot movements, so while some might scoff at this one, I had fun with BorderCross and if nothing else, it was never dull. The action scenes are small scale, with some light martial arts that have to be seen to be believed. The fights are in slow motion, but not in the usual sense, as the combat just crawls at a snail’s pace and almost seems like a parody of action movies, though I doubt it was meant to. In any event, I loved the fight scenes and there’s some gun play as well, including a scene where Lamas shoots a man through a car door, with no damage to the door whatsoever. Mix in some odd dialogue with those wooden performances and general b movie vibes, then you have a fun, wacky movie that is somehow always dead serious. I had a good time with BorderCross and for fans of b movies, it earns an easy recommendation.
The always fun Lorenzo Lamas has the lead in this one and as expected, he adds a good deal of b movie appeal to the picture. His performance is wooden, but hilarious and no matter what is going on in the movie, Lamas has little reaction and doesn’t seem to be stressed in the least. Big fight? Son kidnapped? Human traffickers? Lamas never breaks a sweat or even shows a single emotion, he just plows through his lines and to me, is quite humorous here. Of course, not all viewers appreciate this kind of phoned in effort, but I think it offers b movie magic at times, especially when the writing stumbles and Lamas just powers through. A few lines are pure gold thanks to that perfect storm of Lamas’ deadpan delivery and stilted dialogue, providing some hilarious moments that elevate BorderCross. If the entire movie was on his level of b movie presence, this would have been a wild ride. Danny Trejo is featured on all the promotional materials, but be aware his role is a smaller, supporting one. He has more screen time than a cameo, but don’t expect him to be a lead in this case. The cast also includes Elisha Kriis, Shawna Craig, and Carlos Compean.