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Although the path taken by Dayveon and the plotting are well-traveled, 28-year-old filmmaker Abbasi does some intriguing things with tone and texture ...
No interaction here feels staged or false, though the film itself is often strikingly composed.
The diffuse filmmaking style muffles the story's power.
Abbasi has elicited outstanding performances from his entirely-amateur cast, who infuse both authenticity and professionalism into their roles. And it's impossible to remain unmoved by the many contrasts he carefully arranges.
By displacing some familiar gang-movie dynamics into an environment less often glimpsed on film, Abbasi stays true to the offbeat heart of his influences.
Dayveon stands out with its vision, regional flavor and overall personality.
Luckily, Dayveon is worth every penny. Quiet and powerful, it's a film that takes a familiar story and makes it feel new. So, take the risk. You won't regret it.
[Director] Amman Abbasi ... pulls no punches in his evocation of hopelessness and despair amongst this particular African-American community in the Deep South.
A story that doesn't quite live up to its spirit filled images and lofty vision, but will sting no matter what? Lay off the honey, this writer says to himself.
It's only in Dayveon's final act that plot contrivances begin to wander away from Abbasi's carefully calibrated realism.
This film is a valuable piece of storytelling, transcribing pivotal moments in the lives of many of our boys.
A slow-burning, atmospheric drama. One of the most mesmerizing and haunting American films since Beasts of the Southern Wild.
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