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Bomb the System (2002)

R | | 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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Anthony 'Blest' Campo
Gano Grills ...
Justin 'Buk 50' Broady
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Kevin 'Lune' Broady
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Alexandra
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Hazer
Stephen Buchanan ...
Noble
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Officer Bobby Cox
Bonz Malone ...
Officer Nole Shorts
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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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Action | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, some violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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December 2002 (USA)  »

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Brooklyn Streets  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,176, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,865, 12 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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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

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Slow starter gets interesting in the second half when 'tagging' turns to tragedy!
25 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

The dedicated practitioners of graffiti art in New York City get dramatically profiled in a film shot 'guerilla' style late at night in order to simulate the 'danger' involved with the only art form that's against the law.

Stereotypical 'bad' cops continually stalk the intrepid band of 'taggers' while 'Blest' (Mark Webber) truly is the most artistically blessed member of the gang as he readies an art exhibit of his best work.

However, this film doesn't really become interesting until Blest becomes involved with 'Alexandra' (Jaclyn DeSantis), a political activist who anonymously paints the words 'Bomb the System' all over the city sidewalks using a cleverly modified shopping bag that has a stencil cut into the bottom.

As the police become more and more of a factor the dangers that Blest faces by hanging with his friends causes him to make some hard decisions. Worth watching for some great night shots of New York City and an amazing sequence on the top of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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