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Straight Outta Hunters Point (2003)





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Thug Central
9 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Hunters Point lies above Candlestick Park in San Francisco and is comprised of federally subsidized housing projects left over after the ship building industry shut down when WWII ended. The area was left extremely polluted and it is designated as a super-fund cleanup site.

The movie was shot on video almost entirely in Hunters Point. The characters you meet are drug dealing, rap-listening, gangsters who have been raised in this environment and seem content with their situation.

The film succeeds in showing the viewer what it's like to be a black drug dealer living in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. Nowhere in the film do we meet characters who want a better life outside of the gang lifestyle, so it is hard to find compassion for the people living this gritty existence.

The movie is a documentary, and as such, I expected there would be a message for the audience. There is a half-hearted attempt to blame the plight of these people on a number of factors: the polluted environment, the lack of jobs in the area, or the prevalence of guns and drugs. The fact of the matter is these folks just like being thugs so there are no victims (the children are victims).

The scariest part of this movie is that these people and places exist across the U.S. and the people clearly have no regard for the law or anyone other than themselves.

I say check it out. Seven Stars.

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