U.S. Border Patrol

A Border Patrol drug bust goes awry in powerfully taut 'Transpecos'

A Border Patrol drug bust goes awry in powerfully taut 'Transpecos'

A seemingly routine inspection by U.S. Border Patrol officers in West Texas proves to have violent repercussions in “Transpecos,” an effectively moody, well-acted and impressively understated thriller by Greg Kwedar in his feature directing debut.

It looks like just another day in the sun-drenched, wind-swept wide open spaces that envelop three border agents — by-the-book Flores (Gabriel Luna), wide-eyed rookie Davis (Johnny Simmons) and brash, racist, seen-it-all Hobbs (the always reliable Clifton Collins Jr.) — at their pop-up checkpoint, located in a particularly remote portion of the Chihuahuan desert.

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