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Urchin (2007)






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This is the story of a Kid who lives in Scum City. When the Old Man came to Scum City, a homeless camp in the Manhattan tunnels, his story seemed wild. He was from a kingdom deep within the earth, he said, and was sent to find the five nobles who got lost up here.He had a map that would lead him and his followers back to this paradise, and a blue crystal called The Blessing, that when smoked granted the clarity and vision needed to complete great tasks.Some believed. They were allowed to stay.The Kid believes. Abused and tormented, he escaped the city shelter and fled to the streets, where he survived by wit and blood until he found Scum City. He will fulfill the Old Man's prophecy; he will get to paradise.But someone else believes. The Old Man had a bodyguard once, a powerful little man called Goliath whose lungs and mind are rotting away. In his dementia he has committed to the ritual murder of innocents and the capture of the map held fast by the Old Man.This is the story of a Kid trapped in a world of violence, degradation, wonder, and discovery. As he battles the evils of the street to save the Old Man and the future of Scum City he meets Julia, a young girl in need of protection. He struggles to decipher the true motives of the Old Man and Goliath, while safeguarding Julia and the map that leads to Paradise. -- (C) Official Site.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

At its substantial worst, with wooden acting and a plot so impenetrable it verges on the parodic, it's unwatchable.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Village Voice
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If nothing else, Urchin tells us that certain New York City subway stations need a bit more security.

Full Review… | February 20, 2007
New York Times
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[font=Times][size=4]2007 US Director: John Harlacher[/size][/font]

[font=Times][size=4]Score: 6[/size][/font]

[font=Times][size=4]For an independent, low budget film I have to give this one credit for being unique if nothing else. It is also unflinching in its depiction of the cruel and insane life that is lived by those whose only home is the streets of a major city such as New York. The story centers on two older homeless men and the people around them, as well as one of the youngest in the numbers of the street folk. One man has formed a type of cult built around a belief that he has the knowledge to lead his group into ?paradise? and the other is an exile from that following who has come up with an insane and homicidal plan to reach paradise first. There is a lot of odd side stories thrown into the mix here and there, but most of these serve only as filler materiel to pad out the movie length.[/size][/font]

[font=Times][size=4]The young boy who carries the main role in the film does a good enough job. Most of the others also are adequate actors, with only a few getting too ridiculous. The SFX are so-so. They get their job done, but only in a barely believable way if one has a more than basic ability to suspend disbelief. The music score was actually not bad at all and really did work to enhance the scenes that needed it. This was a good one for one viewing and, in the category of independent B-movie making, not a bad effort.[/size][/font]

[font=Times New Roman][size=4]Notes: GV-XL-SA Suggested Age: 16+[/size][/font]

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