Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Cynthia Rothrock, Eddie Mui, Brian J. White, Tracey Stone, Dwayne Chattman
Director: Sean A. Reid
Genres: Drama, Sports
New Take on an Old Theme
jagdpather | Simi Valley, CA | 11/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Redemption" feels familiar but smells new. It is basically a "Less Than Zero" LA rich kids story with a twist: all of the rich kids are black. This movie is low-budget but well done. It is horrifyingly shocking in some parts, sometimes heart-warming and never slow. The directing, writing and acting are a cut above movies in this genre (I think I've seen Brian White on TV a couple of times) and budget range. If you like brave attempts in independent filmaking, you'll dig this. There are two scenes that are ABSOLUTELY HYSTERICAL by ANY DEFINITION: the agent and the casting director. You'll see."
Shirley Neal | Burbank, CA United States | 12/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had the pleasure of screening an early version of this film and was quite impressed. Being of an older demographic, I admittedly expected to be "lost" with the storyline. And while perhaps I couldn't relate to the characters, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually cared about them, which is a testament to the excellent directing and writing. Overall, I found the film to be quite impressive and recommend it without hesitation."
Edgy Independent Film...
bleu | New York | 12/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film caught my attention with its impacting dialogues and wide range of emotional scenes - from humor, bitterness, angst, desire, loss, to friendship. In its edginess, Redemption allows the audience to glimpse the fastlane of an aspiring actor, who's just trying to 'make it' in the world."
Take a Walk on the Wild Side: buy Redemption
Ann Olivia | Bethesda Maryland | 12/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
By Ann OliviaThis is the debut film of Sean Reid, a fresh young talented Director -Writer and Producer.
Redemption is loosely based on his true story, of his struggle with life?s promise, pain and addiction.The film delves into Christian?s (a twenty-something African American played by Brian White) search for truth, forgiveness and love by exploring his relationship with a young woman he meets at a party. Redemption takes us into the lives of the creative artists, wanna- bees, and hangers on, who live on the extreme edge of the highly glamorized world of the entertainment business in Hollywood.Christian?s father, his girlfriend and his good friends, try desperately to save him from his spiral into self pity, when a much desired big break in Hollywood is lost to him by his refusal pay back a favor. The choice has devastating consequences for his career. His success quickly unravels. The deal and relationship with his Mega- agent are un-done.He is driven deeper into his addiction to drugs and alcohol, and thus begins a cruel journey to self-destruction.In the end, the film makes clear, that redemption must be granted by oneself, to oneself.
It speaks to its generation but the problems it addresses are not new.The film uses a hybrid documentary style to explore the world of sexually addictive relationships and abusive behaviors lurking just behind the scenes in Hollywood. It makes excellent use of unusual camera angles, a gritty and edgy editing style to overcome the limitations of a low budget production.
The young actors playing the lead characters of Clare and Christian, have a luminous on-screen presence and offer powerful and gripping performances. A must see film, for a powerful look at the underbelly of the in-crowd and hip hop hype of the entertainment business, mixed with drugs and the superficial values of our culture - a brew that gets some in our society caught - up and lost in a world of abuse and dreams of fame."