"Tar" was a very good film. The performances were a bit rocky at the start, however, things picked up and I was hooked.
ACTING: At the onset, the acting was a tad bit shaky, but improved through the course of the film. The lead "Curtis" and others were quite good.
CINEMATOGRAPHY: The film stock used gave this film a 1970's look to it and was very effective. New York looked as gritty and real as ever - and I loved it. There were some interesting shots here.
SOUND/AUDIO: Some great music used within; it matched the theme of the film perfectly...kind of 'gritty, underground rap' that matched well with the movie.
STORYLINE: The storyline had a few issues. The character portraying the leader of the Black movement did not have his character fleshed out properly. He was briefly introduced in the beginning (the tarring), then midway, then resurfaced at the closing in a sequence I didn't understand. Why did he point a gun at the lead character simply because he did not want to follow through? Also, the mole character should have been fleshed out more also. Was he an actual cop or simply a paid informant off the street? What were his motivations?
Overall: The love story between the fired cop and the lead was effective and kept the story going. I liked this film. The cast was effective and the overall aesthetic the film had looked great. Very good for a low budget film.
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