Michael Sauter
January 17, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bronx War

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
91 minutes
performer
Fabio Urena, Joseph B. Vasquez
director
Joseph B. Vasquez
distributor
Academy
author
Joseph B. Vasquez
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a D+

The Bronx War is a straight-to-video effort directed by and starring Joseph B. Vasquez (Hangin’ With the Homeboys). This drug-gang drama comes packaged with box copy comparing it to Boyz N the Hood and New Jack City. It has neither the substance of the former nor the style of the latter, but what it shares with both films is a conscience. Vasquez’s story of rival drug lords who reluctantly go to war pays serious attention to the social forces that foster street violence. Eventually, of course, the violence takes center stage, with a vengeance that should satisfy bloodthirsty genre junkies. Especially gratuitous is the unrated version of this release, which features some extra shots of faces getting blown away. But excess urban grit isn’t really the problem; what ultimately undermines the movie’s message is its distractingly stiff direction and its thoroughly amateurish acting. The film is so obviously makeshift that it makes no impact. D+

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