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Release Date: December 6th, 2002

DVD Release Date: March 18th, 2003

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
For Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo), that blunt world-view has come to define his life. A Latino hustler from the South Bronx, Victor has worked his way up the neighborhood ladder to become a crew leader for Joanna "La Columbiana" Menendez (Isabella Rossellini). But after narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Victor realizes that he needs to get out of the Bronx, both for himself and for his girlfriend, Carmen (Sonia Braga), the only thing more important to him than money.

Cast: John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Vincent Laresca, Delilah Cotto, Sonia Braga, Isabella Rossellini, Nestor Serrano

Director: Franc. Reyes

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Arenas

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Comes so close to working that you can see there from here. It has the right approach and the right opening premise, but it lacks the zest and it goes for a plot twist instead of trusting the material. show more

  • A gangster movie with the capacity to surprise. People do unexpected things and for reasons we wouldn't anticipate. show more

  • Empire, with its double-barreled shoot-outs, its predictable carnage and conflict, and a rush-job of a resolution, is ultimately just one more urban gangland genre flick. show more

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