Wednesday 26 September 2012

DVD review: Crack (Video 2000)

First I´d like to thank Jeff Leroy for being very kind and generous to send me this as I´ve not been able to find a copy of it and he sent me a original DVD.
Dante and Trenton are two buddies from the hood out to make a fast buck. When their drug lab explodes, they take it on the lam until a corrupt cop forces them on a suicide missin: Rob a maffia-backed crack house or go to jail for life. The robbery goes off without a hitch, but when the cop tries to kill Dante and Trenton and takes the loot - all hell breaks loose. A killing spree ignites Los Angeles like matches to gas, and by the end everyone gets scorched. Crack is written and directed by Jeff Leroy. The acting ranges from pretty bad to decent but keep in mind that this is a micro-budget feature film. The camerawork and editing is pretty decent. The micro-budget is quite evident in many ways: The set-design, the use of toyguns, the kind that you can buy at at the local Toys R Us and so on. They also splice in some stock fotage here and there, which is notable in one of the shootouts. It´s very violent and very gory, lots of juicy squibs, heads being blown off at point blank range, baseball bat to the head and more. It´s all practical make-up fx. In addition to this we get big ass explosions and Jeff Leroy´s miniature works (which I love). In the T & A department there is a prolonged scene where a escort (I think) tries to seduce a man, she´s wearing only a G-string, while he is on the phone.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Vista Street Entertainment
Rating: 6 out of 7. I enjoyed this a lot. It´s gritty and gloriously violent. It has a much more serious tone than the other Jeff Leroy flicks that I´ve seen.  Sure it has flaws, many of which are due to the limitations to the budget but I find those flaws quite charming and I like Jeff Leroy´s no holds barred approach. When it get violent the blood flows freely.


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