Character triumphs over adversity and temptation when a young African-American man is unexpectedly thrust onto the streets of Harlem.Character triumphs over adversity and temptation when a young African-American man is unexpectedly thrust onto the streets of Harlem.Character triumphs over adversity and temptation when a young African-American man is unexpectedly thrust onto the streets of Harlem.
"Astounding" - ABC7 CHICAGO Astounding seems to evoke some amazing emotion- astonishment. This movie...No- quite the opposite- sometimes- we ask of it- please hurry. Nothing more to say.
"An inspiring story of uncommon valor" - PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER I would not call it inspiring- perhaps (and at best, and at times, thought provoking). And valor is certainly misused.
"Proves that in the right hands simplicity can be a huge artistic asset" - ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS This is the one comment that I can agree with. There was a focus on simple (good simple- not bad simple) and at times this came across as artistic (ex. the music in the first scenes). I do feel that the overall effort came out OK (even though I disagreed with the aforementioned reviewers.) Reasoning: This movie droned on at times. (Let me discuss the reasons why.) I think that first and foremost- tempo needs to continue- its got to keep on going. This movie did not have this- Why? Perhaps because when music should have been used it was absent from much of the film. When it was there I noticed it and it was really fantastic. It was reminiscent some jazz in Spike Lee's films. This is a huge compliment. Spike's music combination to video is tremendous and at times this film's music was as well. -But then it let you down. (Keep the music up.) Time developing characters and relationships seemed misplaced and drawn out on occasion. It left me wondering- where is the focus. Overall- I wanted it (and L) to win- and in some aspects it did. I enjoyed (parts of) it, but was hoping for more. Finally- What's up with the ending- really. Sometimes you say- wow this would really be a messed up place to end this movie- and in this case it was-...
- Apr 14, 2006