Bushwick: A Blistering, Intense Forecast of Divided America

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How I First Heard of the movie Bushwick
I work part-time as a BackGround (BG) actor for film (movies) and TV shows. A few years ago, when I lived off of Wilson Avenue, in a tiny 7′ x 10′ room, rented from a young Dominican family, I submitted to work an overnight shoot for the upcoming movie “Bushwick”. At the time, I had no clue what the movie would be about, and was submitting for two reasons–I needed the money, and my curiosity about the title of the movie “Bushwick” and what it would be about, since I lived, and still live currently, in Bushwick (area of Brooklyn), New York.

Since the movie’s now come and gone on the big screen, and soon likely headed to Amazon Prime or NetFlix or both of these, I’ll look for the pictures that I snuck from the set, taken on my Galaxy Note 3 phone, and, if I find them, I’ll post them here, at the end of this review.

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Bushwick: The Movie Review
Before watching the movie Bushwick, I read a few reviews of this film and most were negative. Now that I’ve watched the movie Bushwick, I’m reminded not to trust movie reviewers, most of whom are cynical and numb from having-to-watch movies as a job.

All I knew, before watching the movie, was that the movie Bushwick is about a militia taking over Bushwick (area of Brooklyn), Brooklyn, New York, and the inhabitants of the area fighting back. I was expecting the movie to be cheesy, but I was surprised at how good it was.

Is Bushwick a Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in the Hood?
The movie starts out where this girl, Lucy, played by Brittany Snow, is on her way to visit her grandma in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Little Red Riding Hood anyone? In the hood? Ba-dum-dum. Once she leaves the subway at the Jefferson Avenue (L train stop) ascending the stairs at the Wyckoff/Starr exit/entrance, she notices explosions outside, helicopters overhead, and the sound of gunshots and people yelling. From this point forward, the camera follows Lucy, in an intense and voyeuristic fashion, as she navigates her way through Bushwick, in an attempt to visit her grandma and find safety from the marauding hordes of anarchists and soldiers fighting in the streets. Along the way, Lucy meets an ex-marine janitor, whose about the size of a small grizzly bear, played by Dave Bautista.

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Excellent Camera Work on the movie Bushwick
Thankfully, the camera operators, Frank Larson and Paul Bode, chose to use steadicams, lending smooth transitions to the chaos that unfolds before us. This made the move easy to watch as each scene blended seamlessly into the other, almost as if we’re watching a one-take movie. The camera work is unique and original and this alone is one of the high points of the movie Bushwick.

Brittany Snow and Dave Bautista
Both of these actors, Brittany Snow (who plays Lucy) and Dave Bautista (who plays Stupe), did an excellent job in this intense reckoning of political divisions and chaotic street fighting that force both of them to fight for their survival as they head toward the safe haven of a DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).

The movie Bushwick is a blistering, intense forecast of a divided America.

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Bushwick: A Must-See Movie
Bushick is a must-see movie, with excellent acting, brilliant cinematography, a fantastic score, and a blend of writing, directing, and editing that comes together to form an understated, yet elegant modern-day fairy tale that’s part action-thriller, part horror movie, and a wild ride from start to finish.

The Movie Bushwick is one of the Most Underrated Movies of 2017
Watching the movie Bushwick, I felt as if I’d been carjacked (in reality, I was carjacked twice in Florida, but that’s another story, for another time) into a terrifying future, one that has the possibility of being all-to-real. I was engaged and hypnotized from the beginning to end. Bushwick is gripping, intense, highly-charged, with fantastic camera work, and a music score that’s subtle and haunting. Bushwick is one of the the most underrated movie of 2017.

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