Sidney Baldwin
Gregory Kirschling
July 05, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Waist Deep

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/23/06
performer
Meagan Good, Tyrese, The Game, Kimora Lee Simmons, Larenz Tate
director
Vondie Curtis-Hall
distributor
Rogue Pictures
author
Darin Scott, Vondie Curtis-Hall
genre
Drama, ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an B

He gave us Glitter, and yet actor Vondie Curtis Hall is actually a fine director. His underrated debut, 1997’s Gridlock’d, was much more thoughtful than you’d think. Its B-movie stupidities aside, so too is Waist Deep, Curtis Hall’s latest. The plot is pure urban fantasy: In an attempt to rescue his son from kidnapping carjackers, an ex-con named O2 (Tyrese Gibson) all but bulldozes through all of L.A. with a hot sidekick (Meagan Good). But Curtis Hall keeps slipping in surprising social and emotional flavorings rarely found in the genre. As long as his next movie’s not a Glitter sequel, we’re there.

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