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Bomb the System (2002)

Jade Yorker , Jaclyn DeSantis , Adam Bhala Lough  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jade Yorker, Jaclyn DeSantis, Mark Webber, Gano Grills, Joey Dedio
  • Directors: Adam Bhala Lough
  • Writers: Adam Bhala Lough
  • Producers: Mark Webber, Joey Dedio, Ben Rekhi, Kanwal Rekhi, Robert Bethge
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Hindi
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AMJG6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bomb the System" on IMDb

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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 can’t 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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars changed my perspective October 21, 2005
By sara
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film December 27, 2005
By Freeze
Wow,,, after watching this movie I was really impressed. The filming is great and the story line is fantastic. The plot isn't all that realistic but the setting is. The soundtrack is a good fit for the film and the artwork is good. People interested in the underground artwork community will love this as well as serious writers.

Overall I was extremely satisfied with this film and would recommend it too most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Pretty January 20, 2006
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars five stars!! October 19, 2005
By thomas
the first thing i noticed about this movie was how beautifully it was shot. this definitely came as a surprise to me, considering it focuses on graffiti in the slums of new york city. the vibrant designs and color displayed in the graffiti artwork emphasized its distinct and often misunderstood purpose. the story basically told the story behind the artwork. i felt so much emotion strung throughout the film because it touched on so many experiences and hard decisions that are so easy to relate with. overall, this is definitely a movie you should watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHAT A## Movie October 11, 2005
One of the best "underground" movies I have ever seen.


You never get to see movies made like this anymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true love for the art October 19, 2005
By trace
i happened to see this movie when it was playing on cable, and i ordered it as soon as it came out. i vaguely remember hearing about it when it was going into the Tribeca Film Festival, and hearing good things about it. i was so refreshing to see a movie that displays true passion in the acting, screenplay, cinematography, and set design. this movie is perfect for anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with hip hop culture with an artistic and inspirational media.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great indie movie October 17, 2005
By Zolee
i wasnt sure what to expect when i saw this movie, but i was impressed with the level of realism this movie displayed. i think its hard to portray the art of graffiti in a positive manner, and even harder to build an entertaining and stimulating storyline around it. this movie surpassed my expectations on all accounts, and i would highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the graffiti culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bomb the system November 11, 2011
By chino
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great film. No a documentary but still very informative. Great cast and story line although it stalls a few times
Published 11 months ago by Rattlesnake jake
5.0 out of 5 stars More dough
This movie was okay. The scenes are pretty lifeless and I guess artists could go through this. I feel this ones solely for cash. It's more of a lewd romp for cash and fame. Read more
Published on December 8, 2006 by Richard Aguas
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a Bomb
Graffiti is fascinating stuff. The people who do it are artists. This movie, however, is garbage. Over-acted and force-fed with idiotic slang that is already dated, "Bomb the... Read more
Published on July 30, 2006 by Simonides
2.0 out of 5 stars Cool Visuals (Photography and Graffiti Alike) and Very Melodramatic...
I went to `Bomb the System' thinking it might tell us something about the lie of the graphic artists in New York City. Read more
Published on January 13, 2006 by Tsuyoshi
2.0 out of 5 stars not all that its cracked up to be...
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. Read more
Published on December 26, 2005 by T. Zawada
5.0 out of 5 stars Bomb Rocks
Lough shows great talent in his feature debut. The movie vibrates with color, music and keeps the viewer entertained throughout. An interesting view at the world of graffitti. Read more
Published on October 26, 2005 by Sami
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Original
This movie has become one of my favorite movies. I love the story and there is just no other film like it. This movie has everything from action to drama. Read more
Published on October 25, 2005 by Dave Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic
Adam Lough does an excellent job of bringing the underworld of the streets of New York to life with this film. Read more
Published on October 25, 2005 by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lough Makes a Great Debut
I love indie films and I think that Adam Lough did an excellent job on this film. Mark Webber is very impressive in his role as Anthony Blest. Read more
Published on October 24, 2005 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars You Have Gotta Peep This
You have gotta peep this movie if you have not already seen it. The story is really good and the I thought that the characters were creative. Read more
Published on October 24, 2005 by Hunter Thompson
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