Bushwick

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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.

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When Lucy (Brittany Snow) 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. Faced with a flurry of whizzing bullets and total destruction around every corner, Lucy takes shelter in the basement of Stupe (Dave Bautista), a burly war veteran who reluctantly helps her traverse the treacherous five-block stretch of Bushwhack to reach her destination--assuming it's still there.

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Critic Reviews for Bushwick

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (38)

  • Bushwick isn't going to go down as one of the films of the year, but is a solid, well-made indie actioner with two great central performances and a different approach to your standard thriller fare. Well worth a watch.

    October 10, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • The POV filming strategy is a wise one, and the whole effect of Bushwick is like a crisper, more thrilling video game.

    April 16, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Watching Bushwick is an immersive sensory experience. It's like being trapped inside a video game you never wanted to play, yet it fails to engage on an emotional level.

    February 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Bushwick is an energetic, unflinching look at war on the homefront with some great cinematography and an unforgettable climax.

    December 26, 2018 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…
  • There's just the right amount of action and humor peppered throughout, making Bushwick a worthy companion to similar films like Attack the Block and Cloverfield.

    December 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's first and foremost, and almost solely, an action movie...in which, despite some personal back-story revelations en route, the characters don't really have a back story or manage to engage enough with us emotionally.

    October 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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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