Off Jackson Avenue (2009)

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The fates of a Mexican woman sold into sexual slavery, a car thief seeking to go straight, and a Japanese assassin converge on the streets of New York City in director John-Luke Montias' complex crime drama. Lured to New York from Mexico with the promise of a stable restaurant job, Olivia (Jessica Pimentel) finds herself imprisoned in an inner-city bordello and forced into prostitution. She's under the thumb of Albanian pimp Milot (Stivi Paskoski), who has recently dethroned a Chinese mob boss named Eddie Chang (Clem Cheung). Chang is none too pleased to see Milot encroaching on his business, and hires Japanese hitman Tomo (Jun Suenaga) to take care of the competition. Meanwhile, gullible car thief Joey (Montias) bickers with his uncle Jack (Gene Ruffini) about the best way to go legit, and Olivia finds herself in hot water after attacking her latest john, a crooked cop, in a moment of unbridled rage.

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Its laid-back absurdist tone and no-nonsense pacing make for an audio-visual delight.

Jul 2, 2010 | Full Review…
Variety
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A nicely done first feature from writer-director John-Luke Montias, Off Jackson Avenue has a rich sense of place and enough confidence in its story that it doesn't need to have its characters collide, Crash-style, until they have to.

Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If there really are 8 million stories in the naked city, you'd think that writer-director John-Luke Montias would have come up with more convincing scenarios for his Queens-based movie Off Jackson Avenue.

Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Not the first movie to follow a victim of sex trafficking into a living nightmare.

Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Like a less didactic version of Crash, John-Luke Montias's multiculti, multithreaded drama forces a handful of disparate characters to converge for no purpose other than narrative closure.

Jul 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Amusingly improbable.

Jul 15, 2009 | Full Review…

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