Written January 24, 2013
This was/is a great movie for all people. Common really came through as a strong character that was very believable. The boy (Rainey) showed range and was a bit too quick of a study, which was/is understandable due to time constraints. Basically was a movie about the loss of innocence rather than coming of age. Great for teen boys and all adults
The movie was engaging from start to finish. I'll definitely look to buy this one once it comes out on video!
Written August 27, 2014
Very well done film with a surprising number of well name stars. Good acting and writing. Pretty intense at times, smooth pace. I wish Common appeared in more films; he really is a good actor.
Written January 20, 2013
The story had amazing performances and the story had a lot of potential, though it was uneven at times. But definitely worth seeing, especially if you're an African-American man who wants to see a movie about the dangers of choosing a life of crime.
Written January 22, 2013
I was not sure what to expect from this movie, but I was surprisingly delighted. The story gives you a view into the life of someone who has made mistakes in life, but wants more than to go back into that life and is willing to temporarily go back if there is a light at the end of that tunnel. I was impressed with how the lifestyle and tradition of Baltimore was well intrenched in this movie without coming off as fake or cheesy. Being from the area, I felt there was a sense of home in this film. I also felt the balance as far as good flirting with the bad. A man trying to teach a child how to become a man. Much of that is missing in the world today. I appreciate that Vincent attempted to instill principals within the child although he may not have had all the tools to do so. I highly recommend this movie!
Written January 13, 2013
Get ready to take an emotional journey. This is a must see. I feel like I can't give the real review I want to because I don't want to give up anything, but I must say that it is a great movie all the way around!