Sunday, October 26, 2008

Chop Shop (2007) NR - 3 Stars

I like movies that open my eyes to situations I am otherwise not aware of. At first glance I would have thought this movie was in some third world country but, it was filmed in the outer edge of Queens, New York. The movie's pretty low budget but has a big story to tell of the day to day struggle of a young boy and his sister trying to make ends meet and feed themselves. How many children grow up way too fast and have to become adults instead of enjoying their childhood?

Alejandro (Alejandro Polanco) is basically a homeless orphan along with his 16 year old sister, Isamar (Isamar Gonzales) trying to get ahead in the world. His days are spent working in a Chop Shop auto body repair shop. He is able to stay in one of the storage areas along with his sister at nights. His sister tries to hold down a job but ends up meeting men in the back of their truck cabs to make more money.

Alejandro has big dreams of starting his own food truck service and hustles whatever he needs to talk his sister into buying a food coach van. But Alejandro will resort to any means to make his dreams for his sister and himself come true. Even though he's street smart, and determined, he finds out he's not quit ready yet to be a man.

2007 - Chop Shop - Independent Spirit Award - Someone to Watch Award.

Koch Lorber Films, LLC
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Writers: Bahareh Azimi, Ramin Bahrani
Producers: Jeb Brody, Marc Turtletaub, Lisa Muskat
I viewed 9/08

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