Waist Deep


Waist Deep

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A well-meaning B-movie that suffers from a cliche-ridden script and poorly drawn characters that fail to inspire much sympathy.



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To save his son from ruthless gangsters, a streetwise ex-con finds himself coerced into performing a series of crimes in this gritty thriller. Waist Deep features Tyrese Gibson as O2, a young father and recent parolee whose life on the outside is upended when his young son Junior is taken hostage after an auto-theft gone wrong. After learning that his boy is in the hands of a mob boss named Meat (The Game), O2 is forced to break the law once again to satisfy his demands, and teams up with Coco (Meagan Good), a hooker with ties to Meat, to get into the gangster's inner sanctum and save his son. Waist Deep marked the acting debut of rapper The Game.


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  • Jul 17, 2010
    During Waist Deep's painfully slow climb toward its climax, one of the only white characters (taking a cue from the Wayans Brothers, all Caucasians presented in this movie are portrayed as goofy stooges), says to the title characters, "You guys are like the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde!" Well, Waist Deep never quite reaches the high plateau of Arthur Penn's 1967 masterpiece. In fact, it doesn't even come close to licking its hobnail boots. In fact, this reviewer's not even sure what genre this movie was aiming for: action-adventure or family drama. Despite earnest intentions, the movie loses focus fast and drags moviegoers down with it. To exemplify this, the camera actually drifts away from the action in some scenes as if the camerman, like the audience, was also fast losing interest. In the R-rated actioner/drama Waist Deep, a paroled ex-con (Gibson) whose son is kidnapped in a carjacking and a street hustler (Good) are forced into a life of armed robbery to make an impossible ransom deadline set by the vicious leader (the Game) of an evil syndicate. And this all begs the question: Is there really any OTHER kind of syndicates in movies like this? The cast does a fine job, hard-selling moviegoers on a preposterous story ripped from other innumerous bad B-movies. Ultimately, however, the actors don't even they know where this Z-Grade piece of supposed entertainment is headed. Bottom line: Knee-Deep.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2010
    His son. His life. His freedom. He's taking them all back. Very good movie. I enjoyed it alot, It had a good conflict from beginning to end which kept you intrigued the whole time. Great ending they way it should be. I gotta say Meagan Good to me is the hottest most sexiest black woman alive, her lips are perfect meant to be kissed, what a body, smoking HOT! In South Los Angeles, while bringing his beloved son Junior back home from school, the paroled ex-convicted O2 promises his son that he would always come back to him and never leave him alone. However, his car is hijacked and Junior is kidnapped. Without any lead, O2 forces the street vendor Coco to help him to find where his car might have been sent for disassembling. Meanwhile, O2's addicted brother Lucky discovers that the cruel leader of the Outlaw Syndicate, the drug lord Meat, is keeping the boy arrested in a room and asking a ransom of US$ 100,000.00 that he believes O2 have from an old heist. O2 and Coco plot a scheme to put the pimp P-Money and Meat against each other and steal their money.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2009
    "Waist Deep" Stole, "Hosatge's", and "Cradle 2 the Graves" plots and storylines, and rolled them all into and Hour and a Half long Unapolagizing B-movie, that never gives a good reason to keep watching. "Waist Deep" is full of melo-dramatic Irony, and this film begs to be Paroided. "One and a Half Stars out of Four" Unreccomended. Noth One Once of Reccomendation.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2008
    good movie that lacked writing.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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