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The film spans one saturday night and is narrated from time to time by a friend of the four people the film revolves around. "I was glad I wasn't with them that night.." he comments - and he is not exaggerating. An accident in the midst of a fight sends our four "heroes" on a desperate, and inherently flawed, scheme to cover up a death and evade police involvement. The film follows their collision course for tragedy as they scramble to accumulate enough money in 24 hours to pay the only person that can make their problem go away. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that there will be no easy out.
Every so often the narrator will offer little tidbits about the characters as well as reminding us that he's glad he wasn't around for the incident he is describing - heightening the suspense of the story until we come to its brutal conclusion.
The film has a very gritty feel that could best be compared to that of 'Gummo'. Packed with dark hallways lit only by dim bulbs, the darkness of the picture is intoxicating and effectively conveys the theme of hopelessness that the film so graphically displays. One major distinction between Gravesend and Gummo, however, is that Gummo was incoherent trash. Gravesend is a masterpiece of independent film making.
The whole film seems like a nightmare in which these young men had been trapped since birth, culminating in a nightmare night that mirrors their nightmare lives, lives beginning and ending in violence because that's how some lives seem destined to begin and end in places like Gravesend.
It's easy for us to sit back and say "well, they had a choice, didn't they?" Too easy for us to say that after the "accidental" shooting these four guys could have chosen to go to the police before things went "too far." From the echo of that first gunshot and the thud of that first body upon the floor, however, things probably had already gone "too far."
Even before the gun is fired "accidentally," it seems to be all over for these four guys to a large extent. The moment I saw one of them waving a gun around during that first scene in the basement, I got this awful feeling in the pit of my stomach that, whether he fired it or not at that particular time, all four of them were doomed ... and then he fired it, and I knew for sure that they were doomed, if not physically then certainly psychologically, though they all still retained a degree of choice in the situation.Read more ›
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This movie is made with a low budget which is clearly visible the story is really good but the special effects are really terrible.
For the money you pay, it's good enough
This was a movie definitely worth it.However (here's where the Little Richard thing comes in) it's basically JUST A RIPOFF OF OMAR EPPS/TUPAC'S "JUICE",USING WHITE GUYS.Published on September 9, 2003 by rickey l. esteves sr
Four twentysomething men in arrested adolesence let foolish pride lead them to a hard fall in GRAVESEND, an interesting street picture. Read morePublished on August 12, 1999 by Jim LaRegina (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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