A street hustler who makes all the wrong moves finds himself doing hard time in the penitentiary in this hard-edged drama. Slim is a small time drug dealer who tries to make that one big ... See full summary »
A street hustler who makes all the wrong moves finds himself doing hard time in the penitentiary in this hard-edged drama. Slim is a small time drug dealer who tries to make that one big deal that is going to put him on easy street. With his partner in crime Paulie they think they have a major dope deal set up but unfortunately for them the deal goes terribly wrong and they are lucky to come away with their lives. They get busted and Slim later finds out that Paulie testified against him to save his own skin. Slim's best efforts at plea-bargaining still leave him with a eight year sentence in San Quentin one of California's most notorious prisons. Slim quickly discovers that life in prison is divided along strict racial lines. Slim does his best to stay away out of all the racially inspired violence and stay to himself. But one of his fellow convicts KC pulls a dope fiend move that puts Slim on the enemies list of Sammytown, who is the brutal leader of the prison's white supremacist ... Written by
As a fan of independent film I really connected with Down Time. I love the raw hand held style that gives you the feeling that you are in the cell with the convicts. I felt the dialog was smart and funny. I found myself making the connection with the film Clerks. "no budget film with snappy dialog". The only problem for Down Time is that it didn't has the hype behind it. As a woman I found the female lead a disappointment. She is portrayed as the typical "big breasted bimbo", using her body to achieve her means. She is ultimately shot dead , of course. I guess that is par for the course in a prison film. Other than that and some obvious continuity problems and the low budget acting I really enjoyed it. Down Time has unique style, a gritty soundtrack and great characters. It is a smart little cutting edge film.
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