Bomb the System (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bomb the System (2003)



Critic Consensus: Given the movie's premise, one would assume it's gritty and street-smart, but in reality it's a slave to stale cliches and formula.

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A young man with a troubled past expresses himself through street art in this independent drama. Anthony (Mark Webber) is a 19-year-old kid living in New York City who was introduced to "bombing" -- graffiti art sprayed on public walls when the cops aren't looking -- by his older brother. When his brother died, Anthony took up bombing himself, and with the help of his pals Justin (Gano Grills) and Kevin (Jade Yorker) he does murals under the street name "Blest," while struggling to avoid the NYPD's anti-graffiti Vandal Squad. Anthony's mother (Donna Mitchell) is after him to quit bombing and attend art school, while his girlfriend (Jaclyn DeSantis) wants to get out of New York, and would like him to join her. However, it takes a run-in with Bobby Cox (Al Sapienza), a Vandal Squad cop with a hair-trigger temper, to push Anthony into making a decision about his life. Bomb the System was the first feature film from writer and director Adam Bhala Lough, who was only 23 years old when the picture was made.

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Mark Webber
as Anthony `Blest' Campo
Gano Grills
as Justin `Buk 50' Broady
Jade Yorker
as Kevin `Lune' Broady
Jaclyn DeSantis
as Alexandra
Al Sapienza
as Officer Bobby Cox
Bonz Malone
as Officer Nole Shorts
Donna Mitchell
as Diane Campo
Kumar Pallana
as Kumar Baba
Dylan Mikson
as Gabriel
Joshua Gustin
as Young Blest
as Knife
Lee Quinones
as Himself
as Hazar's Girlfriend No. 1
Trina Grant
as Hazar's Girlfriend No. 2
Ned Stresen-Reuter
as Brendan Pricely
David Ley
as Randolph
Peter Linari
as Custodial Boss
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Critic Reviews for Bomb the System

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

Visually dazzling and dramatically trite -- it's virtuoso piffle.

August 26, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Thoroughly fails to convince that its handful of New York characters known as 'bombers,' graffiti mongers futilely yearning for immortality via nightly despoiling of public and private property, is of any tragic interest.

June 24, 2005 | Rating: 1/4

Notable mainly for its hallucinatory, tripped visuals, which go a long way toward compensating for a less-than-riveting narrative.

June 17, 2005

A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists.

June 2, 2005
Top Critic

A didactic ode to a lifestyle that makes little sense, no matter the darkly romantic rebel-with-a-cause ideas associated with what is essentially an act of vandalism.

June 2, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Preachy and single-minded, populated by a world of sympathetic heroes and hissable villains.

May 27, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

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