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Bomb the System (2002)

 -  Action | Drama  -  December 2002 (USA)
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A tribute to graffiti art and the city where it all began. Blest, a 19-year-old graffiti writer, has just graduated from high school. With no ambition toward mainstream goals of work and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anthony 'Blest' Campo
Gano Grills ...
Justin 'Buk 50' Broady
Jade Yorker ...
Kevin 'Lune' Broady
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Alexandra
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Hazer
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Noble
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Officer Bobby Cox
Bonz Malone ...
Officer Nole Shorts
Donna Mitchell ...
Diane Campo
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Kumar Baba
Blake Lethem ...
Lazaro
Dylan Mikson ...
Gabriel
Joshua Gustin ...
Young Blest
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Toni
Semz ...
Knife
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A tribute to graffiti art and the city where it all began. Blest, a 19-year-old graffiti writer, has just graduated from high school. With no ambition toward mainstream goals of work and family, he spends his time bombing the city with graffiti messages until he and his crew become the most wanted bombers by the corrupt NYPD Vandal Squad. He even attracts major media and gallery attention for his tags. Also part of Blest's crew are Buk 50 and his younger brother Lune, whose arrest and beating by the NYPD causes the crew to wage a full-on graffiti war against the city. As they fight with their spray cans and their tags, Blest meets a political activist, Alexandra. Soon after, Blest's relationship with Buk 50 and the crew fragments as Blest ponders his position in life. Written by David Kwok

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Graffiti Can Be A Powerful Weapon

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, some violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,176 (USA) (27 May 2005)

Gross:

$14,865 (USA) (10 June 2005)
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When Blest and Buk meet up with Lune after running from Bobby and Shorts in the beginning, when they part ways and Blest shakes hands with Lune, you can see the line where the screen is split. Pay attention to Lune's arm, his forearm is lower than the rest of his arm. See more »

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Unrealistic...
14 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I went into this movie thinking it would be a non-cliché, modern portrayal of graffiti culture in NY... only to see in the first 2 minutes, a guy Break dancing with a boombox, in front of a muraled wall. Maybe it was a flashback of the main character as a kid... but it seems that would only make sense if the lead character was 30yrs old.

I tried to give this movie a chance. But there were just too many things that bugged me... The writing for instance, all the graffiti terminology was incorrectly used. When a graffiti writer goes "Bombing" he does not go out and do full illegal murals. Nobody even mentions doing "fill-ins" or "throwups" which are the most commonly used terms/acts by graf-writers. They call them "pieces" in the movie, which is completely wrong. Those are just some examples...

It became pretty obvious that the filmmakers knew little or Nothing about graffiti. Just because you know about Sane & Smith, and heard a couple chase stories from your NYU buddy, isn't enough to go out and make a significant Graffiti movie. There is some "cool" cinematography in this, which isn't bad. But that's it. Storyline is similar to the likes of Wild Style or Beat Street (a hip hop love story). But even those movies were made with less pretension than this.


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