Life Is Hot In Cracktown
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I really enjoyed this movie. Most of the films I see about the inner city are full of cartoonish and stereotypical characters that you don;t care about. The people in this film are real as the person next door. I found a lot of the dialog and situations these people are faced with to be real and very authentic. Buddy Giovinazzo has come a long way since his first film (Combat ShocK) but he still retains the gritty realism and spirit of that film in his latest project. He seems to have a genuine feel for his characters and none of that pseudo-liberal guilt complex that similar films that come out of Hollywood have. No phony baloney middle class guilt trip here and I really appreciate that in a film like this one.
The DVD comes with a twenty minute featurette on the making of the film, several deleted scenes (which should have been added in my opinion) a trailer for the movie and a couple of sneak peak trailers. The film's soundtrack is available in 2.0 mono (which is the best one to listen to because the other one is in 5.1 and that one is too spread out to hear some of the dialog), I have to give this DVD my highest recommendation possible. An awesome film that will punch you in the gut with a shot of reality.
The film doesn't get any easier or nicer from there. "Life is Hot in Cracktown", the title of which sounds like either a dark comedy or a grindhouse B-movie, clearly aims to show humanity at its most brutal, soulless, and cruel. The viewer is taken on a tour of a poor, inner-city neighborhood, where most of the characters have ties to hard drugs, either through being addicts, dealers, or police officers. The combination of poverty, despair, and drug abuse has created situations that range from bleak to horrific.
"Precious" was a film that balanced its brutal portrayal of urban poverty with enough humor and fantasy to keep it from being too bleak. "Life is Hot in Cracktown" aims for pure gritty realism. At its best, it succeeds, and at its worst, it seems exploitive and sensationalistic.
What redeems the film is the performances. Kudos to Evan Ross, who plays Romeo, for infusing his monstrous, sadistic character with tiny shreds of humanity. When I first saw Kerry Washington in the film, I thought she was basically just playing the same character (a drug addicted prostitute) that she played in "The Dead Girl", until it quickly becomes clear that her character is actually a transgendered woman, and she delivers the powerful, multi-faceted performance needed. In fact, most of the actors, even the children, give their characters the depth and humanity needed in order to keep the whole film from turning into a trite morality play.
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In the opening scene a young man walks through his rough neighborhood and passes a basketball court where a girl he knows is hanging out. He leads her into a trap where she is very briefly raped by 3 guys and peed on by another. Anyone with half a brain will notice that the mattress is brand new, because, apparently, this back alley rape was sponsored by Sleepy's. I'm imagining the planning for this. The leader of the group must have gotten together with his boys over breakfast and said,
"Hey guys, we should rape Jenny today."
"Oh, snap," replied his homey, "I know her from AP History; she's such a special girl. If we're gonna do this, we better do it right."
"Right, let's go to the mattress store and pick up a queen size."
"A queen size!" says the leader, appalled.
"Billy, you know there was a budget shortfall and we've already pledged $500 to the PAL."
"True," he says, remembering his own days of playing pee-wee football before everyone else's nuts dropped and he ended up playing kissy face with their navels in the HS locker room.
"Okay, whitey and me will get the queen size, Billy'll get Jenny, and..."
"I'll go get a couple quarts of Gatorade. If I'm gonna do this, it's gotta be done right."
After this they bust in on an old guy who they steal a social security check from, which is odd that the old guy would live so long and take crap from these kids, but it's a fair way of showing how they terrorize the neighborhood despite them all being punks and there only being four of them.
Next, the rapist leader/geriatric beater goes home where he looks at a picture of a kid on his mirror and I think it's supposed to be sad. The point of the scene was to show that the little monster has feelings.Read more ›
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Great movie was slow at sum parts but overall a good movie this movie is not for the weak hearted ppl this is the tale of actual ppl actual lives most def worth the money.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great social commentary which is timely today, including a transgender character. Opening scene is disturbing, but sets the tone. Powerful acting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by pdonat_sd