Joy Road (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  21 October 2011 (USA)
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A defense attorney in Detroit, desperate to leave his career behind, is begged by his sister to represent her boyfriend, the alleged leader of the city's most notorious gang, MVP.


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Credited cast:
Charles Blocker
Dr. Howard Perkins
Melle Powers ...
Kim Smalls
Raymond Kelly
Christian Mathis ...
Big Boy
Little Boy
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Charity Event Attendee
Jay Barry ...
L.T. Stone (credit only)
Judge Davis
Carol Angela Davis ...
News Anchor
Lieutenant Braun
Billy Flames ...
East Side Chris


The Joy Road Project consists of a movie and an App. The movie Joy Road is about an upwardly mobile lawyer who gets drawn into helping his sister but then finds himself a pawn in a conspiracy to pass laws that fill up prisons. Truth being stranger than fiction, we found the real life counterpart to our fictional conspiracy here in America. The prison industrial complex, Arizona immigration law and Wisconsin Union busting laws are but a few of its accomplishments. So, to promote the film, we designed an APP to allow people to have a voice against this vast conspiracy. Using social media, we hope to be a film project, encased in and released with software that both tells a story and provides the tools for activism. Written by Anonymous

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What happens when the cost of success could be your life


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language, some bloody images, and nudity/sexual content


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Grittty and Thought Provoking
3 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before I go further let me say that I watched the 2010 re-make of this movie on Netflix. This version has Wood Harris (Avon Barksdale in the Wire) as the main character, whereas in the original shooting of the film Roger Smith was the main character.

That being said this was an amazing movie. As far as the theme, I'd sum it up like this...

By portraying the guy who escaped the hood through his law career only to forget who he was - Harry Davis (the director) was able to make the point that no matter how successful you become you never forget your family or your community.

I enjoyed about the film is that it was gritty without going overboard. Besides that the movie was thought provoking. Not sure if they won any awards for the film, but if they didn't the movie is certainly worthy of several rewards.

In fact the only reason I gave this movie a nine instead of a ten is that you can't watch it in a family setting - due to the language and adult situations.

Of course, if you take the strong language out the movie probably loses it's realness so it's almost a catch-22.

So if you haven't watched this movie yet, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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