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Bomb the System

4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AMJG6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bomb the System" on IMDb

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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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By Freeze on December 27, 2005
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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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By DES on January 20, 2006
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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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By thomas on October 19, 2005
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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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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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One of the best "underground" movies I have ever seen.

PHAT PHAT PHAT

You never get to see movies made like this anymore.
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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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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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