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IMDB Score – 6.3
Tomato Score – 92%
Directed By : Adam Leon
Starring : Ty Hickson and Tashiana Washington
This is the description from IMDB of the plot to “Gimme the Loot”…
When their latest work is buffed by a rival crew, two determined graffiti writers embark on an elaborate plan to bomb the ultimate location: the New York Mets’ Home Run Apple.
This film has nothing to do with any of that. I have no idea why not only is this the plot description on IMDB but also the description which led me to watch it on Netflix. This however is not a bad thing. I ended up loving the film overall. The film really is about the relationship between two friends in inner city Brooklyn. The two are graffiti partners who for the first ten minutes or so scheme to tag the stupid apple that pops out of Shea stadium. The film then branches off into a whole other type of film. Leon didn’t have a huge budget to work with but made up for it with long takes of conversation and utilizing the great performances from the two leads. Hickson and Washington act like they’ve known each other for years and that they really are just going about their days. It’s in their performances that really sell the film and kept me involved.
The films plot however takes a huge dive towards the end and branches off into romanticland for what seems like no reason whatsoever other than to end the film. I horrible/great part about this is that it all occurs at the very end and doesn’t really deter from the overall experience unless you love nice little bows on top of your presents.
The film is one of the most realistic and convincing portrayals of what life is like in NYC. Way worth the 79 minute run time on Netflix.