|Plot Outline: Goose is the leader of the Ravens, a street gang in Daton, Ohio. As a result of his girlfriend’s pleas, he decides to quit the gang. Taking advantage of the loss of protection Goose had from his gang, a rival gang, The Spiders, decide to kill him. Unfortunately, they break into his house while he is doing one last drug deal and kill his girlfriend instead. After giving her a decent burial in a trash compactor, Goose goes on a drug binge before re-joining the Ravens for an armored car heist assisted by the Spiders. When the Spiders double-cross the Ravens, Goose has to engage the rival gang alone in a bloody fight to the death|
The acting in this film is strictly amateur night. It’s as if director Jim Van Bebber grabbed these people from the street and asked them if they wanted a part in a movie. Bebber himself, who plays Goose, does a decent job and seems natural in the low-life surroundings, but his lines usually come off as forced.This situation is made worse by his screenplay, which is accented with moronic lines like “Come on out, snakes” (said by the murderer of Goose’s girlfriend, referring to her intestines). There are also several logic problems with the film. One example would be why Goose and his girlfriend have a padlock on the outside of their apartment door. And why don’t the Spiders take advantage of certain situations and shoot Goose, such as near the end of the film when he is unarmed? These contrivances don’t really help the credibility of the film. Other problems associated with the films lack of budget include people looking directly into the camera in public scenes and the absence of a competent cinematographer. In many of the scenes, shadows, garish colored lights, and bright light fall across the onscreen characters haphazardly. This really interferes with the movie and doesn’t help with suspension of disbelief at all, making the viewer self aware of the lighting and cheapening the overall look of the film. I imagine most of the problems I had with this film would be non-existent if the film had a higher budget, but Bebber does the best he can with what is available.
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