An elaborate mishmash of stories and characters that covers 20-some years and travels between Oregon and New Mexico before the inevitable reveal. Married New Mexico mom Gina (Basinger) has an affair with married father Nick (de Almeida) that ends in their deaths and haunts both their families. Twenty years later, unhappy, promiscuous Sylvia (Theron) is being pestered by Carlos (Yazpik) about the past. Then there's the plight of young Maria (La), whose father has just died and who was--not so coincidentally--a friend of Carlos' who takes Maria in until they can find her other relatives.
Guillermo Arriaga's The Burning Plain is a dull dirge of a film, a movie that employs the same circling narrative structure that the writer used far-more-effectively in Babel, Amores Perros, and 21 Grams, but ends up feeling like nothing more than a very
well-made soap opera. I honestly believe that if ...Read More