Started out looking like a documentary, it might have been better if it hadn't already been covered in every other movie done of this genre. it was shot bad, acted bad, and all the angles seemed off, cinematography was meh at best, it was basically a encyclopedia explanation of American Me, which along with Blood In Blood Out and Training day I think did a better job of shocking me and showing the dark underworld and sunny skies of (East) Los Angeles. The violence was boring and pretty much copied every other movie seen in the past 30 yrs in it's genre including Casino, pfft! It was just not effective or shocking as it could or should have been. It's a dollar bin movie in my opinion, I would have liked this a tiny bit if I was 16 and had never seen a decently done movie yet.
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18 February 2021
Good story with a message, but overall production feels amateur
7 February 2021
Appreciate the fact this movie is based on a true story and that there's a positive message. It also seems there was a lot of thought and passion behind this film. However, the production quality in terms of sound, lighting and editing at times felt amateur. At times it seemed you were watching a documentary. Overall mixed bag at best.
True story of redemption
7 February 2021
Despite it's budgetary restraints, the film successfully tells a cautionary tale about the romantic allure of gang life. Based on the true story of Ernest 'Kilroy' Roybal (portrayed brilliantly by Wilson Ramirez) the movie's shortcomings are outweighed by it's redemptive message.