The arrival of a fourteen-year-old Native arsonist (Kyle Henry) sparks a bitter turf war between two rival street gangs vying for control of Winnipeg's North End in Hey, Happy! director Noam Gonick's vivid depiction of the destructive impulses that plague the streets. Backed by a crew of Filipino enforcers who aren't afraid to face up to a challenge, ABS (Asian Bomb Squad) leader Omar (Ryan Black) rules the city streets by utilizing a potent combination of fire and fear. But Omar isn't the only troublemaker looking to cement his status as top thug on the block. Embittered girl-gang leader Mama Ceece (Deena Fontaine) has just been released from jail, and with a little help from her vicious Indian Posse, Ceece is determined to wrestle back control of the streets from the opportunistic ABS gang that thrived in her absence. When a fourteen-year-old Striker (street slang for potential gang member) arrives on the scene fresh from his northern reserve, the confrontation between the ABS and the Indian Posse quickly escalates as each gang prepares to find out once and for all who truly rules the streets of the North End. … More
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Critic Reviews for Stryker
A surprisingly downbeat follow-up to director Noam Gonick's tweaked-out Hey, Happy!
If it does nothing else, Stryker, a grim little gang melodrama directed by Noam Gonick, might dispel some American assumptions about life in Canada.
The sense of scalding realism withers on the vine without any convincing line readings.
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