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In San Francisco, a Caucasian family pressed by the real estate speculation, moves to Hunter's Point, an Afro-American neighborhood ruled by the V-Dub gang and the son Nick Wade faces problem with the violent gangsters. However, the drug dealer K-Luv decides to bootleg CDs and get close to Nick, protecting him. Meanwhile, the Chinese collector Lincoln Ma is blackmailed by the owner of a restaurant and he executes him, falling in disgrace with his mobster boss. The lives of Nick, K-Luv and Lincoln are entwined when the drug lord Sleepy protects a rapper against the Chinese piracy of his CD.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
While watching this movie I was thinking to myself "What an interesting plot with all these people's stories intertwined". Five minutes later it ended just as I was getting engaged in the movie and the characters.
I'd probably give the film an 8 if it hadn't ended so abruptly. I actually came here to look for a sequel because I wanted to know how things ended. I learned from other reviews that it's a pilot episode for a series that was never released.
I suppose that as a pilot for a TV series, it was great, but as a standalone movie, its inconclusive ending is really disappointing. If you don't mind a movie ending with lots of loose ends, you may enjoy this film very much. If you do, save yourself the time and watch another movie instead.
I'm not an expert, but I enjoyed how the lights and music were adapted to different sceneries (e.g. more red-ish light and Chinese-sounding music in Chinatown).
Regarding another review: I don't care if the characters don't wear genuine SF "gangsta" clothing. It's a movie for ***'s sake, not a documentary! You can't expect a fictional story to be entirely real. As a Scandinavian, I found it to be fairly realistic.
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