12 O'clock Boys (2014)
Critic Consensus: Visually striking and grippingly fast-paced, 12 O'Clock Boys asks thought-provoking questions with admirable subtlety and restraint.
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A short, pungent, ambiguous portrait of the poorer sections of Baltimore and the young men who get their kicks riding dirt bikes through the streets en masse, popping wheelies and dodging the police.
Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan explores the outlaw appeal of an inner-city Baltimore dirt-bike gang through the eyes of a 13-year-old wannabe member named Pug.
It could have romanticized its subjects, portraying them as outlaws and folk heroes. Or it could have gone the way of moral panic. To its credit, [it] does neither of these things - or, rather, it does both, in the most subtle and insightful way possible.
Take a closer look, as Lofty Nathan does in his freewheeling debut feature... and bike gangs like the 12 O'Clock Boys start to differentiate as more than just a dangerous nuisance.
[Pug is] a fiercely individual child, but, inevitably, his predicament also symbolizes how poverty can warp a good boy's nature.
Audience Reviews for 12 O'clock Boys
It's so sad to see this. This poor boys future is mapped out in this one documentary. His mother is the worst, she seems like she is also lost in the hood. No guidance in life can be a disaster waiting to happy. I do not pray often but that whole family is in my prayers.
"Could die any minute" survival of the fittest, piss poor parenting thug lifestyle, the streets of Bmore never change, the uneducated reek havoc in a city that would be better off burning to the ground. Can't feel sorry for these people. Mom's going to let the police have the kid, good idea, you'll be better off, because you can't parent.
A good if slightly odd documentary. There is nothing triumphant in the expressions of urban black youth on their dirt bikes in Baltimore. They are being a pain in the ass and yet somehow they have some type of glory in the neighbourhood. The activity clearly should be just stamped out.
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