I wish I had watched the extras before viewing the movie. You get a real sense of what the message is and get an 'Aha' moment after viewing it. Linewatch is a very well done, very good cinematograpy, excellent feel.
Yes, a bit slow, I think the portrayal is one of what life is like for the Border Patrol. You have your moments where you have activity, but there are times where you are out in the wilderness and time just drags on. There are a few comments about family life, 'wish we could move,' and the like. You do get a sense of beauty, seeing the variety of landscape that is the American desert. Filmed in New Mexico, you get that endless feeling, that the desert just never ends.
The movie takes off when our main character runs into his former gangsta connections. He and his family are taken 'for a ride' as you sense the two sides, Gooding vs. the Ganstas, are vying for power. As the extra mentions, he is a man seeking redemption. You have a lot of young actors, very new in their careers, who play very believable parts.
The most interesting scene is where the drugs are finally delivered (this is what the gangsters are looking for) very close to the border.
What I like is that the producer is attempting to weave a couple of stories and messages into one with a plot to boot. We have the border and all the troubles of illegal crossings, the drug war and the Border Patrol, really on the front line of both. We get an introduction to some 'Patriots' who are violent as well. Not sure if that is more of figment of imagination or not, because we hear about the patriots on the border, but not as extreme as these guys are.
The slowness is for a purpose, sit back and relax and wait to be pleasantly surprised by an overall great movie.