This is an interesting little film. Briefly, Eric Roberts plays an alcoholic would-be writer living in a shack in Mexico. He is offered the chance to make a fortune if he accepts the job of killing an apparent child-murderer. Eventually he does so, but, of course, it isn't as simple as that, and he ends up in a whole load of trouble - I won't give the plot away here.
Roberts shows us a much greater range of acting skill than he normally does or, shall we say, that he normally gets the chance to exhibit. Usually he only gets to play psychos or other inadequates; his character here is not that much different from his usual fare to start with, but the difference here is that he makes the most of the opportunity to push the envelop of the role (and of his own apparent talents) as far as he reasonably can.
Everyone else delivers good performances, especially James McManus as Roberts' oleaginous would-be "friend" and, above all, Victor Rivers in a small but stand-out performance as the putative child-killer. The only thing wrong with the film, as far as I'm concerned, is the slight uneasiness I experienced throughout, occasioned by the feeling that the film (or rather its makers) didn't know quite whether it was supposed to be a straight-forward thriller or a black comedy. I had the feeling that Roberts was receiving inadequate direction, so that he never knew quite how far along the thriller-comedy spectrum to pitch and hold his performance. This gave the film an uneven quality which tended to undermine its overall impact.
Still, for all that it is a good, efficient little thriller and, above-mentioned caveats notwithstanding, can be recommended as a pleasant way to pass a couple of hours.