Bomb It (2008)

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Filmmaker Jonathan Reiss offers a multilingual look at the evolution of graffiti in a documentary that begins by examining ancient rock paintings and traces the trend straight through to the works of Picasso and 1970s-era New York City hip-hop culture. Shot on five continents using guerilla filmmaking techniques, Bomb It aims to give viewers a newfound appreciation of graffiti culture by exploring the origins of street art and interviewing the artists about their tactics and motivations.

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

A remarkably compact and engaging overview of the history and ideology of this urban outlaw art form.

Jun 6, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Genuinely global, multicultural, and multilingual in its urban perspectives.

Apr 25, 2008 | Full Review…

Jon Reiss' high-energy doc hops all across the globe in order to paint the fullest portrait of the most modern art.

Apr 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What distinguishes Jon Reiss's lively, sure-handed film from the rest is that it widens the spectrum by taking a comprehensively international viewpoint.

Apr 25, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5

The subject is never less than fascinating, though the film's repetitive format and reiteration of the same points ad infinitum will wear you down before the paint can dry.

Apr 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/6
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Bomb It's uncritical survey of world graffiti culture nods to history and cave art, then basically repeats itself.

Apr 23, 2008

Audience Reviews for Bomb It

Documentary about graffiti artists and their motivation, why they do what they do. Rather than just show New York, this one goes across the world, covering different pieces and different artists in Toykyo, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Hamburg, London and shows how the different cultures and different cities influence their work.. Fascinating, entertaining and reasonably even handed view of the origins, development and politics of graffiti, and some beautiful art too, though I guess that depends on your personal view - is it artistic expression or unfettered vandallism? Included are some telling shots of giant billboards to make you ponder over the acceptability of mass corporate advertising in cities, when throwing up a colourful tag can get you arrested.

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