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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as Anthony `Blest' Campo
as Justin `Buk 50' Broady
as Kevin `Lune' Broady
as Officer Bobby Cox
as Officer Nole Shorts
as Diane Campo
as Kumar Baba
as Young Blest
as Hazar's Girlfriend No. 1
as Hazar's Girlfriend No. 2
as Brendan Pricely
as Custodial Boss
Critic Reviews for Bomb the System
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.
Notable mainly for its hallucinatory, tripped visuals, which go a long way toward compensating for a less-than-riveting narrative.
A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists.
Preachy and single-minded, populated by a world of sympathetic heroes and hissable villains.
A mild, slow-moving drama that belatedly tries to argue that graffiti writers are political artists, not an urban blight.
Audience Reviews for Bomb the System
Underrated movie with a good plot and interesting story, as well as comedic elements and intellectual tidbits that allow me to see graffiti from a different perspective. Great movie, one of my favorites of all time. Recommend it to anyone, even people who don't have much of an interest in graffiti (I don't, yet I still enjoyed it).
Ignore what you've heard bad about this movie. Some writers might be upset that the movie doesn't go too into detail about actually putting graffiti up or saying that it's using incorrect terminology but those people completely missed what's good about the movie. First off, the actual presentation, filming, camera movement, effects, etc. are all extremely artistic and original. The entire movie just makes you feel empathetic for the characters. The atmosphere, the scenery, all of it. Interludes between scenes of the main character always running, just running away. The music is good too. It's all done by El-P, for anyone familiar with Def-Jux. The whole movie though, it's just amazing... So many people overlooked this. Everything is just done so brutally realistic, how the way characters react and think, how life really can just be ****ed up. It's a powerful movie and the ending is the best part. (be warned though... it's sad...)
Great film about the grafitti underground centering around the top rising artists and their dangerous cat-and-mouse games with the law.
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