East New York Release Date: 5 December 2005 (USA) Genre: Action | Crime Director(s): Joseph Johnson Writer(s): Joseph Johnson & Dwayne “DC” Coles (Secret Indictment) Starring: Jonathan Campbell, Javier Corniell and Debbie Laruy If East New York did anything worthwhile for me, it was that it made me chuckle towards its beginning. It’s here that […]

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East New York
Release Date: 5 December 2005 (USA)
Genre: Action | Crime
Director(s): Joseph Johnson
Writer(s): Joseph Johnson & Dwayne “DC” Coles (Secret Indictment)
Starring: Jonathan Campbell, Javier Corniell and Debbie Laruy

If East New York did anything worthwhile for me, it was that it made me chuckle towards its beginning.

It’s here that East New York’s main cast of characters is introduced. In the film’s words, this is a ‘crew.’ Now when I first saw these wannabe thugs, I seriously thought it was some kind of joke where the punchline was never delivered. The ‘crew’ looks quite a bit like a group of theater students who didn’t get picked for the latest rendition of “Romeo & Juliet” and decided to join their friend Joseph Johnson in making a movie as a result.

East New York is that kind of urban film that is entirely way too complicated for its own good. Since York Entertainment doesn’t bother to fix the sound on their movies (despite charging filmmakers for it in their distribution contracts), East New York is often incomprehensible. Even with the sound on my TV turned all the way up I was having problems hearing the dialogue.

I somehow doubt that I would’ve enjoyed East New York if the dialogue was audible, but at least I would’ve understood most of what was going on. What I do know is that Ty, the head honcho in that crew I laughed at, gets pissed when his friend Mo is murdered. Ty was planning on robbing another crew (there’s like four or five of them in the movie), and the leader of that crew put a hit out on him. Now he’s pissed, and so on, and so on.

Urban filmmakers, I’m pleading with you. Please stop writing complicated scripts that can’t even be understood with the help of narration. Chances are you don’t have the budget, or the resources, to pull it off. East New York is a prime example why I’m making this request.
DVD: Like all York Entertainment releases in the past year or so, this one is barebones and has a menu that looks like something you’d create on your personal computer.

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