Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Bushwick
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.
The screenplay promises more excitement than it delivers, fails to develop characters beyond their most tertiary identities, and belly-flops even as political satire.
What could have been a great B-movie winds up being merely solid.
This movie will lose the goodwill of any longtime New Yorker watching it within the first ten minutes.
Audience Reviews for Bushwick
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.
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.
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.
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