'Panic 5 Bravo' shows off director's skills but lacks cohesive plot

December 3, 2014 1:28 PM

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There's a good movie hidden inside "Panic 5 Bravo," the directing debut from Mexican actor Kuno Becker, best known in the U.S. for roles on the TV shows "Dallas" and "CSI: Miami." In fact, the first 20 minutes of this thriller - with its flashes of tense, terrified claustrophobia - show Becker has skills, especially considering he's working on a low budget. If only the story, which he also wrote, were better.

The set-up is crackerjack: a squad of four bored paramedics working on the Arizona side of our southern border see a severely injured man on the Mexican side. Against regulations, they decide to retrieve him and bring him to the U.S. for treatment. Little do they know that someone out there in the d...

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