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In this outrageously mordant satire of today's "hip-hop" generation,
this is a high energy production developed around a Bushwick Brooklyn
pizza delivery guy named Anthoni (spelled with an 'i' not with a 'y'),
which spotlights co-director Solvan 'Slick the Misfit' Naim. He is a
young man who delivers pizza for his informally adopted father Tony
(Mario Corry) along with his best buddy from childhood Ronnie (Thomas
Watts). Anthoni and Ronnie are two young men whose life is all about
girls and more girls.
However, Anthoni falls into an bad situation when he stumbles into a drug deal that goes bad and leaves all parties dead. This event generates the dark comedy into a dramatic plot-driven presentation portraying exaggerated realistic characters developed around sinister actions of criminals and mobsters, such as eccentric Lomatic (Rob Morgan of "Pariah"). The well-grounded and hilariously funny cast of characters tell a story of revenge with not-so-funny real life issues and gentile irony.
This is a movie that takes on an impressive non-stop motion of adventure laced with dark humor. Solvan Naim's debut feature performance is playful and very funny. The supporting cast members deliver terrific performances and the crisp pacing energize the narrative and stimulates the plot. "Full Circle" is a frightening intelligent film with a fantastic music score.
It is a wild and hilarious ride of absurdity!
I had a chance to screen this film in Miami at the American Black Film Fest this past June. It was hilariously entertaining that struck the right cords with the audience. I was not familiar with any of the actors work prior to this film. All of which did a great job. Rob Morgan as the villain Lomatic, stole the show paired with Solvan Naim's humor stole the show. Even more remarkable was how well the film was written & directed by first time film maker and leading actor, just in his early 20s. I look forward to seeing future projects from this young man he's very talented. I screen a watch a lot of films from independent low bud to major studio works, so for what this film was and having insight on the background of this film from the film maker's Q&A. I was impressed and thought it was great.
This film was suspenseful and hilarious at the same time! Even though there's no big name actors in it all the acting was superb. Coming from New York I really enjoyed the city grit it was able to capture. I saw it at the Urban World Film Festival at AMC theaters and even though I had to sit on the stairs since there were no seats available I really enjoyed it. Funniest thing about it is I went to see it with my mother who is in her 50's and she freaking loved it as well which surprised me. (Maybe it's because she was actually able to sit in a theater chair!). The main actor was great and the Q&A sessions after the film was extremely touching. It made we want to make films even though I'm far from a filmmaker! I'm telling all my friends and family about this film and so is my mother! Congratulations on winning the best feature award!
Sitting at 8.0, I said sure, I'll give it a spin.
"Full Circle" is a low-budget, urban gangsta flick. Think "El Mariachi" in New York, but not quite as good(mainly due to Rodriguez' deft touch with the action sequences).
I'm putting this on my "B-movie-marathon list".
The film's strongest asset is it's humor. There are some great lines in here. Clever, abundant humor. By far the best thing about this flick.
The film has some stylish touches that help overcome it's production challenges - from some musical touches, to character back-stories, to it's hard-edged city-scope - "Full Circle" is well worth a look.
The acting is sometimes suspect(the lead was good), but overall the film does an amiable job considering what I'm sure were limited resources. What little effects that are here are also suspect. Not good.
I know that at the time of posting that this will be the lowest review. I was going to go with 7/10 which is a good rating and fair, because of the humor, and for staying true to what it wanted to be, but I just can't. It's good for what it is, and again very funny at times, but it's not a 7/10, not for me anyway.
I still recommend it. It definitely has an urban-edge that we don't see enough of in movies. It won't hold at 8.0 for long, but even if it settles around 6.7-7.1(which I suspect it will within a few months), that's quite an accomplishment for a film of this stature.
I agree with some of the other reviewers that this is definitely going to be a cult-classic.
This was one of the best films I've seen all year hands down. A CULT CLASSIC! And I'm not talking about just independent movies I'm talking about ALL movies Hollywood ones included. It was able to go from serious to funny in sixty seconds so I was at the edge of my seat and laughing my ass off at the same time! I cant wait to see what else this filmmaker is going to put out next. I was surprised to find out the director was a rapper too. I checked out some of his other music and its pretty damn good. The music in the film was really great. I bought the soundtrack the same night and have been listening to it since! A couple songs even made my playlist. That villain Lomatic has got to be one of the best bad guys I've seen in movies in a long time. He had me cracking up and oh man that guy who played Hippy was too funny as well. I could go on and on but don't want to give away any spoilers. THIS IS A MOVIE YOU MUST SEE!
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Anthoni with an i not a y! Says it all. This is a great film from top
to bottom. The characters you can honestly relate to. Quirky and
Lomatic who plays the main gangster was scary yet lovable, killing people over how comfortable his couch is! I mean come on! Or Hippy a character who doesn't care about anything but his tangerines and how many seeds they have!
The relationship between Anthoni and his best friend was heart warming and that's what this movie is; a movie full of heart and laughter. The action for an independent production was extremely impressive. There was not one single dull moment where I found myself drifting which is the case of most movies I see. It was fluid and I enjoyed every minute. Excellent job!
You don't expect great humor when you go to an inner city shoot-em up
like "FULL CIRCLE". You also don't expect to get a little Gene Kelly
"Singing in the rain" light hearted fun. Now don't get me wrong this
film is heavy in violence, chicks and language but even you white folk
like myself will blow right by all that because you're having such a
great time. In this day and age we're living in, why in the world
aren't the major studios making films like this or at least picking up
guys like Slick(Solvan Naim) and Olli Koivula. These two Directors
deliver a full and arousing inner city film with a lot of heart. I dare
you not to fall in love with Slick's character in this film. The
villain is so damn good, I'm still having bad dreams about him. The
cast is one of the best ensembles in over a decade. Slick and Tiandra
Gayle(Casting Director) have done something special here. You would
have to live in Brooklyn your entire life to find this many rich
characters and that's exactly what Slick did. The utter rawness and
reality of this film goes home with you along with hilarious characters
and their impossible situations. Films like Traffic, End of Watch and
Training Day come to mind when thinking about this film and its up and
coming cast and crew. I would love to distribute this film domestically
on over 500 screens.
Todd Blood: President of Exhibitors First Distribution.
Possibly the best New York movie in years, Solvan Niam's "Full Circle"
is an original gangster film in the vein of "Goodfellas" and "Amongst
The feature, which had its Los Angeles debut at NewFilmmakers LA, captured the absurdity of trying to fulfill unreasonable expectations, and the unshakable libido of the New Yorker. It also features a balls-to-the-walls soundtrack by the filmmaker, otherwise known as Slick the Misfit.
I had the pleasure of hearing the filmmaker speak about his work, and it reminded me of Rob Weiss when he directed "Amongst Friends", a Sundance darling and now a cult classic. The thing about New York movies is that at their best they are one part tightrope walk/one part celebration of life. "Full Circle" performs that dance with an authentic flair.
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