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
I really hope that Dito Montiel makes more films. This was a great movie and a perfect cast. Shia LaBeouf is now making the jump from child star to full fledged serious actor and I would guess that within three years he'll be nominated for an Oscar for a project like this. Robert Downey's return to the world of the living really started in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but the realism he brings to this movie makes me believe that the years of drug abuse have not affected the truley talented artist that lies within. Chazz Palmentari is a true professional...one of my favorites. I didn't look up his name, but the gentleman that played young Antonio...though he may get typecasted as a bully or bad guy in the future...he sold this part...it was beautiful. This is a movie that people who love narratives will really like...Even though there is no consistant "narrator", the way the movie flows seems like there is in fact someone guiding the story...just wonderful.
im gonna have to dissagree with the rest of the reviews. I found this movie boring and the way it was filmed just bothered me. I found that it had nothing to keep my attention. I didn't really like any of the characters. Not the best movie in my opinion.
Good? are you kidding/? this movie was HORRIBLE....i watched 1 hour of it and then decided to turn it off and save the time of my life that would have been wasted and that i could never get back.....there are so many good movies in this genre but this is not the one.......ughgughg....spare yourself and the ones you love.....skip it
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.