The harsh realities of life on the street merge with the universal themes of youthful pain and exhilaration in director Dito Montiel's telling tale of one boy's struggle to escape the grim fate that awaits his aimless, trouble-minded peers. For most of Montiel's friends, the only means of escaping their bleak surroundings were drugs, prison, or death. In breaking the cycle and making a name for himself as a filmmaker, Montiel showed that there are ways to overcome the urban malaise that consumed the majority of his friends. He couldn't have done it alone, though, and with this film Montiel pays tribute to those he left behind by bringing their story to the screen so that their struggles may give others in similar situations the courage to pursue a more positive, creative means of overcoming their anger. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Where do I begin with this movie! The first 40 minutes or so were horrible! The language was way too foul and super slow paced. I almost turned it off. But then, it really started to hold my attention. I had to watch to see what was going to happen. I can honestly say that I hated and loved this movie!
From the get-go the I knew I wasn't gonna like it. The F bomb must have been dropped 50 times in the first 10 minutes! Sexual enuendo was present right off the bat and then two of the charachters have sex in the stairwell of an apartment building while another casually strolls by as they continue undeterred, for the most part. The scene was laid out as if they were just two dogs having sex! Felt like I was watching a porn flic ,so I shut if off at that point and sent it back!
intense directing and strong performances make this movie worth seeing. Shia LaBeouf and Robert Downey Jr. are superb as Dito taking the unique script and making it into a powerful film well worth recognizing.
Not having grown up in 1980's Queens, the subjects and action were a little hard for me to follow, but even with that it is totally worth watching. The acting is phenomenal, especially from the 2 young stars Shia LeBouf and Channing Tatum. Their gritty, raw, emotional portrayals made this film. Kudos to them
The story was good but the camera work was really bad and kept you from enjoying this movie. When the movie changed scenes it was really awkward and did not flow well. The story is not an uplifting one, so if you don't want to see a downer of a movie, this one is not for you. Shia Lebouf and Robert Downey, Jr. were great and so was the supporting cast.
This movie is not for someone who needs the fast-paced entertainment of mainstream hyped-up films. It requires you to think, stay the course, and appreciate the writer/director's message. I thought it was an excellent first film for a director, and the acting was well executed.
Any one of the actors in this film would be proud to list it on their resume. Absolutely suberb acting. It is true this movie is a bit slow at first. But, all great movies are carefully crafted to open up layers gradually revealing the truth and the message. I would watch this film again and again. What a wonderful cast!!! The directions is real and masterful. The film is a visual feast even though it is set in a tacky burrow of New York of the 70's. Great selections of background misic clips too.
Dito's own story - Robert Downey Jr does (his real life friend from back then) well in playing Dito. Amazing job. Chazz Palminteri as Ditto's father again was just amazing. Great peformances in a small story with a large message. I hope there is more to come from Dito.