June 03, 2013

Gimme The Loot (2012)

Gimme The Loot (2012)
Directed by: Adam Leon
Country: USA

Review: “Gimme The Loot” is an independent film that can be seen as an hymn to the City of New York, through the adventures of Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington), two graffiti artists and Bronx dwellers who are trying to get $500 for a big project on NY Mets’ Home Run Apple, after a rival gang has spoiled their latest work of art. To get the money and the work done, they will embark in several misconducts, including selling drugs, illicit businesses, and theft of a necklace that belonged to a careless rich girl who involved herself with Malcolm. The presence of this white girl named Ginnie (Zoe Lescaze) was important to denounce class differences and distinct forms of treatment, depending if she is alone or in the company of her pretentious friends. Adam Leon’s moving camera was very efficient, depicting the rhythm of the city and its characters with a well-balanced pace. I got myself tangled in these people’s lives, caring for what would have happened to them, even having in consideration their reproachable behavior. “Gimme The Loot” has its slowdowns once in a while but has the merit of being so close to reality that sometimes I forgot I was watching a movie. Adam Leon has here a self-conscious debut as writer and director.

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