I love a movie that shows another culture or people group from the inside. Sin Nombre takes us into the lives of Honduran gang members and of illegal immigrants coming to the U.S. I love the authenticity and emotion of Sin Nombre, but, as you might expect, it leans hard on melodrama and attempts a great deal of sympathy for the illegals.
Sarya, a Honduran teenager, is setting out for a new life in New Jersey. She and her father and uncle ride the trains with hundreds of other immigrants, sitting on top of a cargo train for days. They meet up with Casper, who's fleeing his gang. After the gang leader tried to have his way with Casper's girlfriend and accidentally killed her, Casper betrayed a fellow gang member, killing him before he could have his way with Sarya. Sarya and Casper team up as they head north on the trains with Casper's gang in hot pursuit.
Bottom line, 3 stars.