Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 Jan 2014 and 10 Jun 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – After a murder at a rally involving all of the gangs of New York, the gang wrongfully accused of the assassination must get across the city to their own turf while being chased by all of the other gangs.
My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.
This movie was Paul’s choice for me to watch.
I saw this film a few years back for the very first time after a few friends suggested that I should watch it and I really enjoyed it back then.
When Paul suggested that I watch this, I was hoping to once again enjoy it on this rewatch.
The premise is quite fun and they find a way to present things in such an innovative and clever manner.
This film is based on an ancient Greek tale about an army trapped on enemy land and the choice to adapt it to modern day gang warfare works quite well.
Being able to take a simple storyline and place in on a grander and more modern venue is done really well and that helps enhance the story line.
The film is fast paced and filled with action especially due to the various ways that they allow these characters to try and make their way across a very dangerous area for them.
The different gang members are all slightly developed but that is really more than necessary since they all represent a part of the group and don’t really need very diverse personalities.
This does help the viewer care more about what will happen to them as they do all they can to try and stay alive.
The choice to split up the gang into smaller groups helps also because it then allows us to see how each of these clusters chooses to evade their enemies along the way.
This also adds to the tension and suspense of it all since each group is a faction within itself and none of them are 100% safe as they skip across the city.
The film is framed like a comic book and that works really well because it allows them to transition from cluster to cluster and gang to gang in a very innovative and clever way.
Bottom Line – Really fun movie that is able to take a simple premise like this one and present it on a grander scale. The action is fast paced and we get to see the various methods used by this gang in order to get across a very dangerous New York City. The members of the gang are developed slightly more than necessary and that helps make us care about what will happen to them as they try to keep safe. The choice to split them up into groups helps add to the tension and suspense because we get to see how these small parts of the gang need to find clever ways to stay safe as they run for safety. The way that thinks are adapted from an Ancient Greek tale shows how modern adaptations can be done in clever ways. The film is framed like it’s a comic book and that helps enhance the story as it transitions between the various groups and gangs. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – President Ronald Reagan was a fan of the film, even calling the film’s lead actor, Michael Beck, to tell him he had screened it at Camp David and enjoyed it. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close, but it is far from perfect despite being done really well and fun.
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (slight upgrade from original review)
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