Banged Up Release Date: 2003 Genre: Action | Drama Director: Theophile Yockot Leyama Lakoyoh Writers: James Henry & Theophile Yockot Leyama Lakoyoh Staring: Tom Paliferro, Julie Sanford and Abigail Mittel Before Hotel Rwanda, there was Banged Up. Okay, so Banged Up has about ten minutes of footage that is supposed to be taking place during […]

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Banged Up
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Action | Drama
Director: Theophile Yockot Leyama Lakoyoh
Writers: James Henry & Theophile Yockot Leyama Lakoyoh
Staring: Tom Paliferro, Julie Sanford and Abigail Mittel

Before Hotel Rwanda, there was Banged Up.

Okay, so Banged Up has about ten minutes of footage that is supposed to be taking place during the Rwandan genocide, but it still technically came first. And yes, this ten minutes is absolutely riddled with blatant and embarrassing historical errors that would make Don Cheadle cry. But hey, technically it still came first.

Banged Up sees Twaky, a young African, immigrate to the United States after his mother, father, and brother are killed. Taken into the home of a religious family, Twaky struggles to adapt to life in California. His studies are difficult, the gangs are violent, and nothing seems to be going his way. Along the way, a teacher takes note of his talents in boxing, which he developed while in Africa.

As all of these films must go, Twaky quickly succumbs to the LA vices. He loses his virginity, goes to the most poorly attended rave ever, and for some reason unbeknownst to the audience, eats pizza out of a trashcan. I think this was supposed to represent him going back to his “barbaric” African ways, except for the fact that his home life in Africa was rather suburban in nature and would in no way suggest that eating out of a thrash can was the norm.

Eventually Twaky decides to take a disgraced, alcoholic, ex-champion up on his offer to train him to become a boxer. While training, he also falls in love with the man’s daughter, Sally, and they carry out a relationship behind his back.

So what we’re dealt is a story of a boxer trying to become champion, an alcoholic unable to defeat his demons, and a couple carrying out their relationship in secrecy. I won’t even go into the subplots. It’s just way too much, and director Theophile Yockot Leyama Lakoyoh (seriously) has no idea how to hold things together.

I’m sure the movie having TWELVE executive producers didn’t help matters either.

Normally, I’d recommend this simply because, despite being melodramatic and poorly acted, it’s not bad for a clichéd film in a clichéd genre. But director Lakoyoh is a complete and utter moron, so I won’t. He has made a film so devoid of logic and research that it’d be insulting to say you should watch it. The little things that he got wrong here are simply insulting.

It’s not The Prize Fighter, but it sure comes close at times.

DVD: Barebones of course.
This is also another custom artwork job done by York Entertainment. Twaky is a skinny, ugly, teenager with bad teeth, while the man on the cover is far from that. In fact, the only thing they share in common is their skin color and the fact that Twaky does indeed don boxing gloves during the film.

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Cahli

Whoever wrote this is pathetic. I love that movie, and your intitled to your opinions.
But that is total unfairness how you insult the director like that.

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