A young couple from Chicago travel to Puerto Rico to get their adopted child, a beautiful young refugee from Haiti. They have paid an “expeditor” to handle the paperwork and the fee they paid was extremely high, but their desire for a child block their reason. Also as per the script they never even considered even checking with an actual lawyer about the adoption process; they just paid the money and went to retrieve their child. When they first meet their adopted child Nina played magnificently by the very young actress Briana Roy they are instantly filled with joy. That happy moment will soon turn to a very dark drama which forms the essence of the movie.
It doesn’t take long before the nice couple begin to sense some kind of problem as they are dogged by a very troublesome threesome. The conflict and the concerns escalate as the couple wait for Nina’s passport to arrive so they can take her back to Chicago. This is one element of the film that I found deeply disturbing given that if Nina was considered a U. S. citizen she needs no passport. If she was still legally a Haitian citizen how would the passport arrive in the mail? Who would have applied for it? What paperwork would have been submitted to support the issuance of a passport? A minor issue in the overall scheme of things I admit but as a seasoned traveler I found that element just wildly annoying and distracting.
The nice couple soon finds their joy completely destroyed when Nina vanishes from their hotel suite. The search is on and the nature and level of the scam by which they have been burned by comes gradually to light. The movie progresses well from joy, to concern, to stark terror through substantial action and violence and ultimately to a happy conclusion. As always it is the journey far more than the destination that matters most. It is well constructed and presented with only two issues for me. One is the previously mentioned passport issue and the other is why is that the bad chasing the good guy always has a slightly faster car than the good guy?
Beyond the entertainment value the film also somewhat addresses the horrific problem of human trafficking. It is estimated that well over a million children are transported and sold like cattle every year. Sadly “Reclaim” will do very little to resolve that one horrible truth about our world, but I salute the producers for at least trying to draw attention to the matter. “Reclaim” was written by Luke Davies and Carmen Gaeta; directed by Alan White and stars John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe and Rachelle Lefevre. It is in limited release but a worthy film.
Copyright ©2014 Ron Irwin