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Bomb the System (2002)

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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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Adam Bhala Lough
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Webber ... Anthony 'Blest' Campo
Gano Grills Gano Grills ... Justin 'Buk 50' Broady
Jade Yorker ... Kevin 'Lune' Broady
Jaclyn DeSantis ... Alexandra
Joey Dedio ... Hazer
Stephen Buchanan ... Noble
Al Sapienza ... Officer Bobby Cox
Bonz Malone Bonz Malone ... Officer Nole Shorts
Donna Mitchell ... Diane Campo
Kumar Pallana ... Kumar Baba
Blake Lethem Blake Lethem ... Lazaro
Dylan Mikson Dylan Mikson ... Gabriel
Joshua Gustin Joshua Gustin ... Young Blest
KaDee Strickland ... Toni
Semz Semz ... Knife
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Graffiti Can Be A Powerful Weapon

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

MySpace | official page

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brooklyn Streets See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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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Works better as a music video, less as a narrative piece
22 November 2005 | by Noah_SuppinSee all my reviews

Much like the recent "Lords of Dogtown", "Bomb the System" is a film spotlighting a semi- underground subculture, in this case graffiti writers, wrapped around a narrative plot. Somewhat similar to "Kids", the story follows a young writer, "BLEST" as he tags, hangs out with friends, smokes pot, parties and tags again. This would all work fine as a minimalist, loosely structured, spectator piece, but instead, the filmmakers throw the dramatic storyline arc into the mix about a crooked cop and his ex-writer partner, which makes the whole thing seem artificial. Besides this major flaw, the film also suffers from over-acting, un-motivated hyper editing techniques and un-authentic slang dialouge. As an artist myself, I would suggest to neophytes looking to learn more about the culture to explore documentaries and check out websites. It's too bad that this film doesn't work, because the characters, like the filmmakers, seem to have a spiritual passion for the art of graffiti. The character Alex says in one scene something along the lines of while graffiti is aesthetically pleasing and stylistic, it the end, it stands for nothing. This particular line echos my thoughts and feelings about the film itself.


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