Bomb the System
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Visually dazzling and dramatically trite -- it's virtuoso piffle."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"The story is so loosely developed and devoid of suspense, it barely seems to exist."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"This fictional take on the subject mostly avoids bombing in the bad-movie sense, but could stand to calm down a little."
‑ , E! Online
"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Preachy and single-minded, populated by a world of sympathetic heroes and hissable villains."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"I came out of this wishing the paint can crowd would settle for tattoos."
‑ Jules Brenner,
"In the end it's all seductive surface and no substance, but Lough has a bold eye and a vivid sense of uniquely urban beauty."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Well acted and ably directed, if not very probing about its subject of underclass youth."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Notable mainly for its hallucinatory, tripped visuals, which go a long way toward compensating for a less-than-riveting narrative."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A mild, slow-moving drama that belatedly tries to argue that graffiti writers are political artists, not an urban blight."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The film half-heartedly paints their actions as rebel-chic heroism even when it has all the integrity of tomcats spraying outside their yards..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A flashy but numbingly hollow compendium of Trainspotting-inspired visual gimmicks, Lough's tale of New York City 'bombers' is formulaic in the extreme."
‑ Timothy Knight,
"The film's nostalgic fondness for '80s hip-hop/street culture is at odds with the story's supposed contemporary setting."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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