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Bushwick's sociopolitical subtext gives it more heft than the average action thriller, but those ideas are given short shrift in what amounts to a disappointing shoot-'em-up. Read critic reviews

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When Lucy steps off the subway, she walks into an utter bloodbath on the streets of Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood. Texas is attempting to secede from the Union, and militia forces have descended upon New York City to claim it as an East Coast base of operations and negotiation tool. Lucy takes shelter in Stupe's basement, a burly war veteran who reluctantly agrees to help her traverse the treacherous five-block stretch to reach her destination.

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Critic Reviews for Bushwick

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  • The effects are scarcely special, and Bushwick locals will have many bones to pick, but somehow the movie gets to you, with its doomy political soothsaying.

    September 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Delivering knockout action and political punch, this blazing siren of a B movie imagines America at civil war with vicious force. Sequel, please.

    August 31, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film works as a hollow tale of "resistance", with less of a stake in the politics of collective action than in the visceral business of individual survival.

    August 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The logistics interested me more than the shallow plot.

    August 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The screenplay promises more excitement than it delivers, fails to develop characters beyond their most tertiary identities, and belly-flops even as political satire.

    August 25, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • What could have been a great B-movie winds up being merely solid.

    August 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The effects are scarcely special, and Bushwick locals will have many bones to pick, but somehow the movie gets to you, with its doomy political soothsaying.

    September 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Delivering knockout action and political punch, this blazing siren of a B movie imagines America at civil war with vicious force. Sequel, please.

    August 31, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film works as a hollow tale of "resistance", with less of a stake in the politics of collective action than in the visceral business of individual survival.

    August 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The logistics interested me more than the shallow plot.

    August 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion use an immersive fly on the wall direction style to really heighten the audience's sensation of the anxiety, tension and ferocity of the home front war zone they created.

    June 11, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Bautista is excellent and Lyle Vincent's clever camerawork means the battle scenes feel ultra-immersive.

    May 18, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bushwick

  • Jun 29, 2018
    Bushwick is a gritty and intense apocalyptic thriller. A college girl who's coming home to see her grandmother teams up with a stranger in order to navigate the streets of Brooklyn when civil war breaks out and a paramilitary group attempts to seize control of the city. Brittney Snow and Dave Bautista both give fairly strong performances, however, the writing is a little weak; the plot in particular is rather hard to follow at times. Still, the fights and chases are suspenseful and exciting, and are heightened by the atmospheric directing style. It's a little underdeveloped, but overall Bushwick is a solid action film.
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  • Dec 29, 2017
    Bushwick's reach exceeds its grasp, but considering that over-ambition is just one of the myriad of things working against it, it's amazing that Bushwick is even as good as it is.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2017
    The throw caution to the wind storyline can only get this film so far, Baurista is the only saving grace in what is a run of the mill thriller. The first 20 minutes is a relentless first person perspective that doesn't let you breath and that tension needed to be maintained. The cinematic shots of a burning city are harrowing, from the helicopter and that final few scenes are true to the film, not a big fan of that final shot though. This is indie filmmaking taking risks, continuous shots that add meaning, I think without it, the film wouldn't have that sharp edge. I has seen mixed reviews but for me, this was above average, I would've changed a few scenes to keep the beats right up there but the filmmakers definitely have a bright future. 29-08-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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