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Bomb the System (2003)



Critic Consensus: Given the movie's premise, one would assume it's gritty and street-smart, but in reality it's a slave to stale cliches and formula.

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A young man with a troubled past expresses himself through street art in this independent drama. Anthony (Mark Webber) is a 19-year-old kid living in New York City who was introduced to "bombing" -- graffiti art sprayed on public walls when the cops aren't looking -- by his older brother. When his brother died, Anthony took up bombing himself, and with the help of his pals Justin (Gano Grills) and Kevin (Jade Yorker) he does murals under the street name "Blest," while struggling to avoid the NYPD's anti-graffiti Vandal Squad. Anthony's mother (Donna Mitchell) is after him to quit bombing and attend art school, while his girlfriend (Jaclyn DeSantis) wants to get out of New York, and would like him to join her. However, it takes a run-in with Bobby Cox (Al Sapienza), a Vandal Squad cop with a hair-trigger temper, to push Anthony into making a decision about his life. Bomb the System was the first feature film from writer and director Adam Bhala Lough, who was only 23 years old when the picture was made.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Adam Bhala Lough
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2005
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Mark Webber
as Anthony `Blest' Camp...
Gano Grills
as Justin `Buk 50' Broa...
Jade Yorker
as Kevin `Lune' Broady
Jaclyn DeSantis
as Alexandra
Al Sapienza
as Officer Bobby Cox
Bonz Malone
as Officer Nole Shorts
Donna Mitchell
as Diane Campo
Kumar Pallana
as Kumar Baba
Dylan Mikson
as Gabriel
Joshua Gustin
as Young Blest
as Knife
Lee Quinones
as Himself
as Hazar's Girlfriend N...
Trina Grant
as Hazar's Girlfriend N...
Ned Stresen-Reuter
as Brendan Pricely
David Ley
as Randolph
Peter Linari
as Custodial Boss
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Critic Reviews for Bomb the System

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (15)

Visually dazzling and dramatically trite -- it's virtuoso piffle.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Thoroughly fails to convince that its handful of New York characters known as 'bombers,' graffiti mongers futilely yearning for immortality via nightly despoiling of public and private property, is of any tragic interest.

Full Review… | June 24, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Notable mainly for its hallucinatory, tripped visuals, which go a long way toward compensating for a less-than-riveting narrative.

June 17, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists.

Full Review… | June 2, 2005
Top Critic

Preachy and single-minded, populated by a world of sympathetic heroes and hissable villains.

Full Review… | May 27, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A mild, slow-moving drama that belatedly tries to argue that graffiti writers are political artists, not an urban blight.

Full Review… | May 27, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bomb the System


Great film about the grafitti underground centering around the top rising artists and their dangerous cat-and-mouse games with the law.

MARS Del Toro

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