Gary "Blue" Meekins is a medium-weight fighter struggling to box his way to the American dream, but Harlem's mean streets threaten to turn him into another statistic when an old friend cons...
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Gary "Blue" Meekins is a medium-weight fighter struggling to box his way to the American dream, but Harlem's mean streets threaten to turn him into another statistic when an old friend cons him into helping rob a local drug dealer. But the heist goes disastrously wrong when the victims turn out to be an innocent family. Wracked by guilt, Blue commits himself to seeking his redemption in the ring.
Rocky meets Boyz'n The Hood in a classic Hero's journey.
This is a wonderful movie. It is a multi-layered film about the mean streets of Harlem, the redemptive world of boxing as well as a tender love story. Blue, the main character is a classic hero, a great man entangled by a fate he has no control over. Yet, like all classic heroes, he rises above the outrages of fortune and through pure will, redeems his soul. Carmen, the heroine, is played by Daya Vaidya. She is struggling with both an abusive boyfriend and a drug addiction. When Blue, her neighbor in a Harlem tenement, fights off the crazy boyfriend, she is awakened to the grim circumstance of her life and ultimately finds a job in a preschool. Don Wallace, the writer, producer and star, is a real life boxer and the fight scenes are truly authentic and filled with nail-biting tension. Ultimately, this film is a delight to watch. It manages to create a gritty, noir texture without losing its beauty and power. I highly recommend Blue.
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