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Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2005
disapointed...thats how i felt after watching this movie. I bought it because I love hip hop and love graffiti along with all other aspects. this was the flick that got the best reviews, as you can see from the reviews below this, and man was i disapointed.
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...
I went to `Bomb the System' thinking it might tell us something about the lie of the graphic artists in New York City. I knew it is not documentary, and the film stars Mark Webber has worked with two of the today's most eminent New Yorkers in the film industry (Woody Allen's `Hollywood Ending' and Al Pacino's `People I Know') And it has been more than 20 years since we saw `Wild Style,' and it is time that we should see another work using graphic art as its theme, set in more contemporary situation.
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.
I really enjoyed the act of sitting down and watching this film.If you have a big enough screen (or sit close enough to the television) this film will take you on a fun visual and thematic roller coaster right of emotions and stimuli. I don't know much about graffitti, but the main character and the visuals really drew me in. The story-line wasn't shakespearian in complexity and originality, but it did what it was supposed to do (and I think bringing in aliens or a vast govermental conspiracy would have been a bit distracting anyway).
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
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2011
im my opinion, this is the best graffiti movie out there that gets it right. the story alone and the actors in it is all top notch. i was instantly hooked from start to finish. if u luv graff as much as i di, ther wuld b no reason y u wuldnt hav this movie in ur movie collection. i reccomend it highly.
i must admit, i was pretty close-minded when it came to the "art" of graffiti. i considered it vandalism that destroyed and disrespected the orignal beauty of a building, wall, school, etc. however, this movie really helped me see past the stereotype that all graffiti art is fueled by egos and impulsive behavior. it provided a good argument for the portrayal of graffiti as a showcase of authentic emotion and undying pride. im thankful that this movie has given me the opportunity to see something like graffiti from a different perspective. if anything, see this movie for the enlightenment and ability to understand a different lifestyle. this movie made a huge impact on my perspective, and i actually consider the story that may be behind a random tag on the wall. basically: highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 starsNicht schlecht aber auch nicht ganz gut..
Reviewed in Germany on September 18, 2015
Der film ist zwar nicht so gut wie Wholetrain oder fatcap express, 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. Aber naja Auch hier empfehle ich jeden graffiti Liebhaber oder der es noch werden will mal reinzuschauen.
Diesen Film sollte man sich zuerst auf Deutsch ansehen, damit man erst einmal versteht worum es geht. Jedoch empfehle ich ihn auf Englisch zu sehen, da die originalen Stimmen besser zu den Characteren passen. An dem Film gefällt mir sehr die Musik und die Kameraführung, welche gemeinsam eine Art dauerhaften Rauschzustand der Protagonisten vermitteln und auch die Verwendung eines grünen Filters bei Szenen mit starker Intensität. 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.