Threat (2005)





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When a non-racially motivated misunderstanding between a white, straight-edge punk and a black hip-hop revolutionary turns violent, the resulting confrontation ignites a powder-keg of pent up racial anger in director Matt Pizzolo's gritty street drama. Despite his violent past, white straight-edge street punk Jim is doing his best to gain control of his unpredictable anger. Meanwhile, single black father Fred is doing his best to raise his son despite the ever-deepening feeling that the odds are stacked against him. Though on the surface the pair wouldn't seem to have much in common, a mutual love of comic books finds Jim and Fred realizing that they may not be so different after all. Crushed by the loss of their good friend to an auto accident involving a drunk driver, Jim's straight-edge friends form a gang called One Less Drunk with the intent on preventing drunk drivers from stepping behind the wheel. After a confrontation between the leader of One Less Drunk and a close friend of Fred's is mistakenly interpreted as being racially motivated, the simmering racial tensions quickly explode into a full-scale racial riot. As Jim and Fred struggle to make sense of the chaos that is sweeping the city, a 16-year-old HIV-positive girl named Mekky is consumed by her fascination with sex and death and a young poet named Kat considers turning the tables on her obsessive stalker.
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Even when violence erupts, there is no explanation, no logic, and no reckoning.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
Oregon Herald

Audience Reviews for Threat


Poor production, poor editing, and poor cast aside, Threat is an ultra indie film with a chip on it's roughly hewn shoulder. But this grim and gritty tale of nihilism needs more structural coherence to convey its message effectively.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

An independant movie that looks and feels like an independant movie. Shaky camera work, amateur actors and heavy handed script dialogue from writers who want to make obvious points. The points here... Jim is a nihilist who doesn't care about anything, His co-worker Fred is a poetic conspiracy theorist. We get by on Fred and Jim's debates for a while. We meet Fred's drinking buddies and his family. And we meet Jim's straight edge gang of youths. Well, the two clans eventually come together- and they don't like each other much. The best part of the movie is the last scene. An epilogue about what a couple of our stars do with their lives after the dust of this movie settles. It looks like a thoroughly more entertaining film, which doesn't help but underline the problems that we get in the main film.

Nik Browning
Nik Browning

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