After 88 minutes, it is unfortunate to note the predictability of "River", the first film by Canadian director Jamie M. Dagg (filmmaker has also just won the Canadian Screen Award for best first feature).
And it is a pity that the story could have been a good suspense (a bit like the first "abduction" with Liam Neeson).
John Lake (Rossif Sutherland, the second son of the couple Donald Sutherland and Francine Racette) is a physician and surgeon in an NGO in Laos, where it helps the local populations under the auspices of the center manager, Stephanie Novella (Sara Botsford ). That is the general context.
While it takes a few weeks off to relax after an operation that went wrong (and we are treated to large very specific plans!), He finds himself in a bar. There are foreigners drink Nang (Amphaiphun Phommapunya), a local prostitute, beyond reason. John intervened and asked the men to stop their armory.
But later in the night, leaving the bar, John is faced with one of the foreign and Nang, unconscious and banged up, he visibly comes to rape. His blood does a turn and John starts beating so violently that the individual kills. The next day, he tries to leave, but the police caught up and he decided to flee.
He must rally Thailand - walk, he left without his passport, no money, with his only clothing - where a US embassy who can offer legal representation he needs to get out of this. For the alien in question is none other than the son of a diplomat. And the situation is so volatile that dot the Laotian authorities make every effort to capture him.
If, for some time, we admire the images of the Lao countryside, these small villages and contrast set by Jamie M. Dagg with the modern highways and large cities, it is known from the start that everything will good. Same principle for the scenes with the police. Seeing the trouble of a Westerner with justice abroad is no lack of interest, but "River" is in no way a psychological thriller. No character study, however short, to "Brokedown Palace" (1997 film starring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale in the role of two Americans imprisoned in Thailand, as falsely accused of drug trafficking). As at the end, she sank into the most banal clichГ©.