After seeing this movie, I felt I'd been to the desert. The film creates a palpable sense of place. Lucy Hale seems authentic throughout as the botanist taken hostage by a drug mule played by Leynar Gomez, and he aptly accomplishes the tricky task of transforming from a hostile and threatening character to one of integrity and sympathy. (I'd like to see more of his work!) Some have found this movie slow, but taking time with these people gives the movie heart, elevating it above the routine action flick.