TropiX (2003)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Costa Rica  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Fast-talking Guy (Thomas Scott) is taking his mentally fragile wife, Corrine (Danielle Bisutti), to beautiful Costa Rica. He's going for shady business reasons, and rarely puts down his cell phone. They're being followed by the coolly sarcastic Solange (Michelle Jones), who also serves as our narrator; her hot-tempered lover, Joaquim (Keith Brunsmann); and his seemingly dim, indolent brother, Nicky (Ryan Barton-Grimley). These three plan to kidnap poor Corrine in order to keep Guy from ripping off a large sum of money they'd earlier entrusted to him. The whole group checks into a posh resort, whereupon the trio makes their move. While Solange and Joaquim keep a close eye on Guy (particularly close -- intimate even -- on Solange's part), Nicky drags Corrine to a ratty hut in the middle of a vast banana plantation. Guy alternately tries to trick his captors into releasing his wife and to convince them that he's working in everyone's best interests, setting up a real estate deal (aided by unique Costa Rican property laws) that will make them all rich. While he clearly believes he can talk his way out of trouble, his natural antipathy toward the abrasive Joaquim occasionally gets the better of him. Meanwhile, Nicky proves much too sensitive to be a good kidnapper, and is increasingly attracted to Corrine, who learns the hard way what a sleazeball her devoted husband is. TropiX was written and directed by Percy Angress and Livia Linden, expatriate Americans who live in Costa Rica. The film had its world premiere at the 2003 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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con/scam, con-artist, fast-talking, husband-and-wife, kidnapping, ransom, resort