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The Bronx War

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The Bronx War

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
91 minutes
performer:
Fabio Urena, Joseph B. Vasquez
director:
Joseph B. Vasquez
distributor:
Academy
author:
Joseph B. Vasquez
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a D+

The Bronx War is a straight-to-video effort directed by and starring Joseph B. Vasquez (Hangin’ With the Homeboys). This drug-gang drama comes packaged with box copy comparing it to Boyz N the Hood and New Jack City. It has neither the substance of the former nor the style of the latter, but what it shares with both films is a conscience. Vasquez’s story of rival drug lords who reluctantly go to war pays serious attention to the social forces that foster street violence. Eventually, of course, the violence takes center stage, with a vengeance that should satisfy bloodthirsty genre junkies. Especially gratuitous is the unrated version of this release, which features some extra shots of faces getting blown away. But excess urban grit isn’t really the problem; what ultimately undermines the movie’s message is its distractingly stiff direction and its thoroughly amateurish acting. The film is so obviously makeshift that it makes no impact. D+

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