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Blues (2008)

Steve Connell , Sydney Tamiia Poitier , Brandon Sonnier  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Connell, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Ari Graynor, Henry G. Sanders, Marcus Folmar
  • Directors: Brandon Sonnier
  • Writers: Brandon Sonnier
  • Producers: Brandon Sonnier, Sean E. Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Level 33 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z8ZC4S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ty Hodges (TV's Even Stevens) and Steve Connell (The Beat) star in this riviting and explosive crime thriller from Sundance Film Festival alum Brandon Sonnier (The Beat). Co-starring Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof), Ari Graynor (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), Henry G. Sanders (Rocky Balboa) and Peter Gail (JarHead). Chile (Hodges) and Head (Connell), two wannabe thugs, get more than they bargained for when they duck into a Blues joint while on the run from the cops. The seventy-year-old owner of the club and his staff, each societal misfits in their own right, become hostages and bear witness to an intense journey of self discovery as Chile and Head move down vastly divergent paths. When the situation explodes into violence, each person must look deep inside himself to discover what they are truly made of. A hero can be found in each of us...but so can a villain.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Past The - Greg Wright November 23, 2010
Blues is a tight, low-budget, one-room crime drama that manages to deliver quite a punch in spite of the inherent limitations.

The setup is this. After wannabe toughs Head and Chile botch an impromptu robbery, beat cop Martin chases them into a blues nightclub, where they hole up with the club's staff... and the now incapacitated Martin. Thinking that's there's no way out, Chile (rhymes with smile, not silly) follows Head's lead in dreaming up all kinds of no-win hostage scenarios as the building is cordoned off by police backup.

It's a simple and deadly story, and one we've seen often before both in theaters and on TV, but writer/director Brandon Sonnier keeps things remarkably fresh by fleshing out his cast of hostages with compelling backstories. Whether we're finding out more about clubowner Pop Boudreaux, his floor manager and granddaughter Dee, the new (ex-con) bartender Reese, hip-hop entertainer Lil' Pokey, or the others, we don't at all mind that the running time is being padded a bit--particularly when the third act comes, and the film's unpredictability gets downright surprising.

Ty Hodges was a good choice to play Chile, the reluctantly criminal man-boy who's faced with devastating options for setting things as right as they can be. Hodges conveys both the Everyman's daily complicity with evil, which is accomplished more by standing by and going along than by pulling a trigger, while also exhibiting what most of us come to think of as our conscience--but which is most often just common sense. Chile has good reason to have divided loyalties, and also good reason to go straight.

While Steve Connell is also good as the manic Head, a little of such over-the-top characters goes a long way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story. ..bad acting May 19, 2014
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Good story but weak acting. Was looking for more in character development but was decent for the budget it obviously had to work with.
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Well made, entertaining story of a hold-up turned hostage situation in a Blues club. Great performances from entire cast including Ty Hodges (EVEN STEVENS), Ari Graynor (NICK AND NORA'S INFINITE PLAYLIST), and Sydney T. Poitier (DEATH PROOF). Worth a look!
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3.0 out of 5 stars DECENT DRAMA February 23, 2014
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The acting here is engaging enough to hold your interest. The story itself is a little far fetched but not so much as to be laughable. The story telling is a little annoying in that the film makes you watch the same scene multiple times. The film makers could've saved probably 20 mins of our time by just telling the story straight. Its a story about urban thugs and how they hold the workers in a blues bar hostage. The stories told by each actor are interesting and while a little transparent did serve to develop the characters. Some of the diatribes were a little long winded though. If you like drama It's a good movie to watch after you've run through all the A list movies.
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