Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Gimme The Loot — Review

Gimme the Loot

Directed by Written and Directed by Adam Leon

Produced by Natalie Difford, Dominic Buchanan and Jamund Washington

Cinematography by Jonathan Miller

Released: January 2, 2013 (USA)

Ty Hickson as Malcolm
Tashiana Washington as Sophia
Zoë Lescaze as Ginnie
Meeko as Champion
Sam Soghor as Lenny
Joshua Rivera as Rico

Summary: Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme.

Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high wire heist, and a beautiful, rich girl’s necklace that is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City.

Review: Gimme the Loot is one of those special films that at first you wonder where it’s going, but soon you start to fall in love with the characters. Those characters in this film are Malcolm and Sophia.

From Left to Right: Tashiana Washington as Sophia and Ty Hickson as Malcolm
Malcolm and Sophia are two teens worried about teen things. The most important thing in their teen lives is graffiti. All adventures we follow are related to this and their “spectacular scheme”.

‘Loot’ is a wonderful “day in the life” of teenagers that we’ve seen before, but this time in an urban setting and with black teenagers that doesn’t involve gang violence. It shows a story about urban life that’s not all about gangs, guns and crack. Gimme the Loot is a marvelous, funny and touching story that has you at the end wishing this couple of friends have everything their hearts desire.

I have to add that as a native New Yorker this film has one of the most real depictions of urban New York as I have seen in cinema since probably Do The Right Thing.

Gimmie the Loot won the 2012 Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW (South By Southwest) Film Festival

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