Bomb the System
Anthony Blest (Mark Webber) is one of the most talented and notorious graffiti artists in New York City. Despite the tragic loss of his older brother during a nightly 'bombing' foray with a graffiti crew, Anthony has the same insatiable addiction. With the other members of his crew, Anthony parties, shoplifts spray-paint and 'tags' virgin walls with his signature 'Blest.' He does his best to avoid run-ins with the cops and hostile rival crews, but he cant avoid the pressure from his mother to attend college, and from his girlfriend to leave New York with her. As tensions rise, a physical threat from the cops causes the crew to intensify their bombing excursions, calling an all out war on the city. When the inevitable confrontation happens, a tragedy results that pushes Anthony to make a decision that has even darker consequences.
To "bomb" is b-boy slang meaning to create graffiti. In Adam Bhala Lough's striking debut, the "system" is the NYPD's Vandal Squad. Anthony (Mark Webber, Broken Flowers) is a 19-year-old bomber--tag name "Blest"--with plans to go legit, like Keith Haring or Jean-Michel Basquiat back in the "wild style" 1980s, who went from New York's mean streets to its most exclusive galleries. Alas, both met tragic ends. Blest, too, appears to be on the fast track to artistic success...or personal decline. He may have skills, but he's also a thief and a drug user. When he meets the politically minded Alex (Jaclyn DeSantis), it seems he's finally found the angel he needs to guide him in the right direction. After all, he already lost his brother to the graffiti game. Alex wants him to run away with her, but that's easier said than done. Bomb the System is the kind of ambitious first feature where, despite the best of intentions, style trumps substance every time. That said, the look NYU grad Lough achieves--an impressionistic world of black skies, glowing lights, and saturated colors--helps his rather obvious message that crime doesn't pay go down with ease. The tragic tale gets a welcome boost from El-P's ominous instrumental score along with moody tracks from Schoolly D, Madvillain, and Radiohead. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 5.12 Ounces
- Director : Adam Bhala Lough
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : October 11, 2005
- Actors : Jade Yorker, Jaclyn DeSantis, Mark Webber, Gano Grills, Joey Dedio
- Producers : Ben Rekhi, Joey Dedio, Kanwal Rekhi, Mark Webber, Robert Bethge
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Palm Pictures / Umvd
- ASIN : B000AMJG6W
- Writers : Adam Bhala Lough
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First off, after only about 10 minutes into the flick I was already thinking the thoughts of "corny" "lame" and other similars.
The plot kind of sucks because yes, there is a plot, but in the end, it doesnt matter. The movie just portrays death ultimatley. Its a real sad story and just makes you shake your head. Vandal Squad? Ex graff artist pullin guns on current graff artists? lame style. none of the characters are too developed, and a lot of stuff just ends up making no sense.
All though this review may not give you a good idea of the flick, I guess you could check it out, but do not waste a purchase.
The art is cool in it, but better off going out and finding a good internet site to check out art.
And el-p does provide a good soundtrack. other then that I was mad disapointed by lousy acting, decent filming, cool settings and just over all lame stuff...
But I was disappointed. OK, Mark Webber is good as the protagonist `Blest' talented artist who has not yet decided his future plan -- to go to college or to keep doing what he is doing with his friends and fellow artists. Blest tells us some rules about doing (illegal) murals, but the film actually showed me the inner world of the artists much less than I had expected.
The reason is simple. The story by first-time writer/director Adam Bhala Louch is so melodramatic and cliché-ridden that you can spot instantly where Louch borrowed things from somewhere else, like numerous police dramas made for TV. The love story is so feeble and the female characters (mother and girlfriend of Blest) are caricatures. And look at the white cop from vandal squad of NYPD, who keeps watching Blest. He is the worst example, a sociopath wearing a badge, ready to blackmail the prostitutes, and bully the weak. Even with the appearance of the real-life artist Lee Quinones as himself cannot save the film from the stale formulaic script.
I must say one thing about the visuals of the film. The camera captures the darkly-lit streets and the blocks surrounded by demolished buildings very well, and though it is regrettable that he overuses the now corny MTV styles, it should be admitted that Adam Bhala Louch stops that when the characters are supposed to say something serious about their way of living.
Still I cannot help thinking that this is a missed opportunity. `Bomb the System' could have been a more thrilling and insightful film about art and life than what it is now. For the real-life artists, Giuliani's efforts to eradicate graffiti must have had more significant meaning for their career as artist. Ignoring more immediate and complex issues surrounding the graphic artists, however, the film relies on the not-so-original idea that crime doesn't pay. Maybe so, but just because doing graffiti is a crime doesn't mean that the film needs a handgun and a violent cop.
Even if you aren't into the film at all, if you find the main actor as attractive as I do you might just as well go out and buy the film anyway:p
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Aber auch nicht schlecht.
Zwischendurch die kamera Effekte verwirren etwas,
Und auch so fehlt irgendwas an dem Film.
Obwohl alles drin vorkommt wie es bei manchen sprayern so abläuft.
Kiffen.. Partys.. Dosen klauen...
Ich finde den Schluß des Filmes irgendwie komisch und nicht so passend.
Sonst ist das Bonus Material auch nicht so der killa.
Wenig informativ meines Erachtens.
Auch hier empfehle ich jeden graffiti Liebhaber oder der es noch werden will mal reinzuschauen.
Außerdem gefällt mir, dass der Alltag der Sprayer im Film der Daily- Routine eines echten sprayers, mal abgesehen von korrupter Polizei und Mord, schon recht ähnlich ist.
Ich glaube,dass dieser Film nie wirklich erfolgreich geworden ist, weil ihn viele Menschen nicht verstehen. Sie sehen ihn ihm nur eine Geschichte von Sprayern die sich mit der Polizei anlegen und leider, dramatischerweise, dabei ihr Leben verlieren. Doch wenn man sich ausführlich mit dem New York der 1970er Jahre beschäftigt und Anthony "Blest" mit " Markus Anthonius" und Alexandra mit " Cleopatra", findet sich eine Parallele zu einem bereits existierendem Drama.
Dieser Film ist wirklich sehenswert, denn Regisseur Adam Bhala ist Genie. Das Problem eines Genies ist nur,dass es seiner Zeit vorraus ist und nicht verstanden wird.
Nicht authentisch. Schlechtes Graffiti. Ultra-Schlechte Dialoge.