If you’re tired of the wack ass movies in the theaters and you’re ready for a reflection piece on today’s urban youth you’re in luck. The trailer for the movie “Kicks” dropped and it looks like it may be the “next big thing” (in terms of hood-life movies). We’re not the only one’s that think so, The Tribeca Film Festival added this urban crime drama to it’s “Official Selection” list citing dates and show times. Tribecafilm.com describes the film as:
“In director Justin Tipping’s feature debut Kicks, nothing is as simple as it seems. Fifteen-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy, assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex, and picked on by everyone—even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood Flaco. Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow. Boasting a strong ensemble cast, and featuring a memorable lead performance by newcomer Jahking Guillory, the film transcends a deceptively traditional hero’s journey to deliver an entertaining and sobering look at the realities of inner-city life, the concept of manhood, and the fetishization of sneaker culture. Visually and thematically rich, with an amazing soundtrack of both hip-hop classics and Bay Area favorites, Kicks creates an authentic and original portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.”
This movie looks like it’s going to be a winner The release date is set for 9.9.16. Let’s be honest, this generation could use more true life socially conscious films. Sorry to say “Chi-raq” just didn’t do it for me..
Article By: Daniel “Flash” Carter // Media Credit: Youtube.com, Tribecafilm.com, Rottentomatoes.com