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Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2015
I was actually surprised. I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. While not an Oscar winner by any stretch, the movie boasts solid acting by all of the principles involved. Rosario Dawson, Melissa Gilbert, Forest Whitaker, and Judd Nelson I already knew had acting chops, but I was very pleasantly surprised by Usher's acting. Was this his big-screen debut? He was very believable and not wooden at all. The character of Ziggy reminded me so much of Pony Boy Curtis from The Outsiders. Sensitive and gentle and too good for the world that he was born into.
Great movie, stated as based on real life events. No "Hollywood" over-the-hill extremes during action and dramatic scenes. Didn't take any breaks during this film. Great diverse character presence(s) for all characters. Situation possible in any city with 100,000 population and high youth unemployment!
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2016
Story of inner city kids who find themselves in a position, although illegal, to expose the failings in their public school and make a difference. The acting was good as was the writing. This one is the best film, but it is definitely a good story which is adequately told.