Saturday, March 21, 2009

Chop Shop

USA 2006

Twelve-year-old street orphan Alejandro (Alejandro Polanco) lives and works amid the mass of auto shops and junkyards known as the "Iron Triangle" just outside Queens, N.Y. When his teenage sister (Isamar Gonzales) arrives, the ambitious boy is inspired to make life better for them both. Nominated for a couple Independent Spirit Awards, this second feature from director Ramin Bahrani is a tough, eye-opening look at life on society's margins.


I'm not Ebert, so in my review I am going just to express how I felt about the movie, not what it's about. Read the synopsis for that.
Despite what every one declares about the
no name, right off the street kids being phenomenal
actors, I am going to disagree. However I do think
for not being actors, they do an amazing job.
With the way the film was shot, no steady pans, documentary style, a genuine sub culture is captured within the boroughs and characters.
Chop Shop brings an underdog to life in it's main young actor by displaying his adaptation to capitalist ideology, without school or parent figures, only through the streets and body shop workers and owners has he learned to survive.
At such a young age in such a hard position, adolescents mature beyond their years when self realization and survival are laid out in front of them before puberty even comes close. Good stuff.

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