Charismatic Mark Dacascos is the sensitive fighting machine fresh from prison who pays a visit to former cellmate Jaimz Woolvett, a shaggy drug addict hooked up with a motley gang. Dacascos wants out of the life but grudgi... more »ngly agrees to tag along for a big score, which erupts into a chaotic double-cross that sends the crew scattered across L.A. and the two buddies out of town where their fragile relationship--based on the vestiges of a prison affair even they dare not discuss--begins to crack under Woolvett's cold-turkey cravings. The tension builds to a taut, slickly choreographed confrontation at a deserted hotel owned by zoned-out hippie surfer Frederic Forrest when a mob of vengeful drug dealers arrives for their violent revenge. It's a shame this modest Tarantino-esque grunge noir thriller got lost in the theatrical shuffle, for writer-director Craig Hamann pulls together an engaging cast and gives the picture a solid, stylish look. The film pays off in an impressive climactic slugfest, in which kickboxer Dacascos finally gets to show off his stuff, but it's Hamann's sensitivity to character and his thoughtfully developed relationships that provide the solid foundation to this brooding low-budget thriller. --Sean Axmaker« less
"Overall I thouroughly enjoyed Mark Dacascos performance. I thought he shows that he is more than just a "karate" guy. Though he plays a deep role on the series "The Crow: STH", this role is way deeper and alot more complex. I was brought down by the movies overall bleak feel, but its about a young man trying to get back on the right track, but his old associations seem to keep getting him in trouble. If your a Mark Dacascos fan, a must see."
Boogie Boy is excellent
Mary S. | Grand Rapids, MI United States | 06/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Boogie Boy delves into the world of drugs in a unique and facinating way. The fine actors in this film do an excellent job of revealing the characters' personalities. The director brings all the layers of friendship, devotion, betrayal, mystery and action in a believable and inspiring way. Mark Dacascos is finally able to display his excellent acting skills in the role of Jessie Page. Jessie is fresh out of jail determined to stay out for good. His best friend talks him into one last drug deal which goes bad. The storyline in Boogie Boy is very good. The ending is excellent. The acting, superb. The fight scenes are very well done. The humor is great. I highly recommend this film. This film is not for younger children."
This movie is a must for Dacascos fans!
Mary S. | 03/15/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Despite the title, this is a serious, sometimes heavy movie. It allows Mark Dacascos to act, not show off his fighting skills. It is also the first time I have ever seen Mark play the drums (for real). Just released from prison, he joins up with his former cell mate (lover?). He wants to stay out of trouble, but things just don't work out that way. He gets talked into taking part in a drug deal that goes bad, and things get worse after that. I don't want to give away the films plot or ending, but I have to say I was surprised at Dacascos' performance. Watch closely for the subtle looks he give his former cell-mate - leaving the question of their relation almost answered. He seems to have come a long way since his earlier movies, and this character is a far cry from the tough-guy roles I am used to seeing him in. If you are looking for a movie that showcases his martial arts abilities, forego this one - stick with Only the Strong. If you want to see Mark do something totally different, this is a definite must. A far cry from the Crow - in this role Mark's character portral is almost feminine. A role stretch he handles nicely."
BOOGIE BOY Review
Crazy Jim | Massachusetts | 03/01/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Mark Dascascos takes a step away from his usual straight-to-video martial arts B-titles with this dark and disturbing drama involving a recently-paroled drummer trying to get his life together. After getting caught up in a bloody ambush involving drugs, Dascascos and his old cellmate, a strung-out junkie, played by Jaimz Woolvet, head on the road. Mark's character, Jesse, is hoping to earn a gig as a drummer for a band in Detriot but is unaware that he and his buudy are being tracked by the vengeful siblings of the slain drug dealers they left dead. "Boogie Boy" is a decent turn for Dascascos who is best known for his work as a martial arts movie star. There is some decent humor in here and the writing shows glimpses of wit though the film really never goes anywhere as far as overall storytelling is concerned. If you're looking for a good time-killer, this isn't a bad movie at all. For those wondering, the "From The Academy-Award Winning Writer Of Pulp Fiction" title on the cover sleeve refers to executive producer Roger Avery who co-wrote the first draft of "Fiction"."
A compelling story
Mary S. | 04/28/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Boogie Boy is a must for anyone searching for a good story. I only recently discovered Mark Dacascos and rushed to find anything he had been in. Initially I wasn't sure I'd like this movie as it's not my usual style. Was I wrong! From the first frames I was drawn into this compelling story of a troubled young man trying deperately to put his life back on track. Dacascos' potrayal of the main character was riveting. He masterfully balances every side of this character. In one scene he's a fragile young man seeking acceptance and "normalcy" and in the next he's an angry young man just trying to survive. If you're tired of "cotton-candy" movies and would prefer to see something a little more compelling then check out Boogie Boy. It's definately worth the time!"