Based on Peter Landesman's acclaimed New York Times Magazine
article "The Girls Next Door," an expose of the lucrative business of sex trafficking, Marco Kreuzpaintner and Jose Rivera's thriller is awash in exploitation-movie cliches that betray its apparent seriousness of purpose.
Impoverished teenager Jorge (Cesar Ramos) and his naive younger sister Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) live with their mother in Mexico City, where Jorge's 13th-birthday gift of a bicycle inadvertently places Adriana in harm's way. Adriana sneaks out of the house for an early-morning ride and is kidnapped by Russian thugs who answer to Vadim Youchenko (Pasha D. Lychnikoff). She is...