"Ice Grill, USA" is a vivid yet stark examination of the pursuit of the American Dream. Set in the multicultural landscape of Atlantic City, NJ, IGU examines class struggle and the ...
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"Ice Grill, USA" is a vivid yet stark examination of the pursuit of the American Dream. Set in the multicultural landscape of Atlantic City, NJ, IGU examines class struggle and the acquisition of status in a morally indifferent community. Auggie Logan, the film's noble protagonist, seeks to gain the favor of the neighborhood beauty, Claudia Castillo. As such, he finds himself forced to navigate the treacherous paths of the only two career options available: the black market pharmaceutical drug trade and casino hospitality services. Auggie is torn between the sales pitches of his drug dealer best friend and his corporate sellout brother, all the while struggling to adhere to the blue collar values championed by his father. Besieged on all sides by flashy high rollers like Ali Frazier, The Cowboy and Staten Island Eddie, colorful Cretans like T-Naps and Ken Carlisle, and good people who've lost their way, in "Ice Grill, USA" Auggie Logan sets out to make a name for himself in the city ... Written by
I saw this ambitious indie at the CCIFF and was rather impressed, it was much better than the usual film festival fare. I got the impression there was a wealth of undiscovered talent involved, both behind the camera and in front of it. The photography was sleek, the dialog was crisp, and the young actors were impressive. Not sure what the budget was but overall the flick had the heart of an indie without the usual limitations...you won't spend 2 hours watching someone sit in a hotel room...the scope of the film is massive.
The story is primarily about a young kid in Atlantic City taking control of his life while trying to prove to a beautiful girl that he can be a provider. He takes on not one but two new careers, simultaneously peddling pharmaceutical drugs and catering to the needs of high-rollers as a casino hospitality rep. Predictably these two seedy worlds merge and the protagonist is caught in the crossfire, almost literally.
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