Great Indie Film
Justin | USA | 06/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I am reviewing a movie that I have actually SEEN (unlike a certain few before me). This film is starring Rick Rodney, which you may or may not know as the singer of the Hardcore Punk "Strife" (on Victory Records)! This was his first film and did a satisfactory job as an actor. It is the story of one man's struggle to escape his life of crime in the East by living in California suburbia. Frequently out of work, he finds himself creeping back into the life style he tried so hard to stay clean of.
I actually ordered this movie before having heard anything about it (based on its soundtrack and director). I was very pleased with the outcome. While the plot/script was not genuinely unique, it was dealt with in an interesting style (especially the ending).
It seems that this movie was a possible inspiration for an even better flick called "SLC Punk" (starring Matthew Lillard), another independent film that came out a couple years later. The two films differ in plot but have much of the same basis, and even similar scenes. Both movies have excellent directors and are worth seeing.
As for the DVD features, this includes music videos from Strife, MxPx, The Descendents and more. There is also unused footage, and a joke reel (which really isn't that humorous). I still recommend this title in DVD format. The movie is great, a rental might be more appropriate before the purchase."
abdoe | North Dakota | 02/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I did like this film, but for all the wrong reasons. I am not familiar with any of the soundtrack artists (except for Blink 182, and they are getting a little old), I wanted to see it because of the story. The story, it turns out, has been done before. You can get caught up following the life of a guy who must turn to drug dealing to survive, and the surprise ending and acting really worked. The direction was too MTV-ish, and I slowly realized that we are supposed to be cheering on a drug dealing murderer...what ever happened to heroic characters? Good elements, but no five stars."
Jason Arellano | Glendora, CA United States | 07/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just got done watching Godmoney, which I rented. And it is awesome. One thing that is really great, you as the viewer really get to know the lead charcter played by Rick Rodney, who did a awesome job. Rick Rodney is even really a actor, he is in hardcore band, as a previous reviewer already mentioned, but he puts on such a great performance you can't even tell. This one of those few good movies that I'm actually planing on buying. Another great thing about this movie is the soundtrack, I'm a huge fan of Strife and Stavsacre and that's just mentioning a few of the bands on the soundtrack. If you havn't seen this movie see it, it's way better than all those stupid mainstream movies."
email@example.com | NJ United States | 01/01/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a huge fan of STRIFE (or was before they broke up - I'm not a big fan of angermeans). I was psyched to see a film that Rick Rodney did. I almost didn't recognize him with his hair grown out. Anyhow, I think the film overall is pretty good, though I don't think it carries the impact that I was hoping for. In my opinion the plot was a little underdeveloped and some of the flashback sequences were too blatantly symbolic and overused. I like the idea of the story and Rick Rodney does a great job playing the part of Nathan; it's very believable. The part of Matthew, played by Bobby Field, however, isn't very believable and is somewhat annoying.The music is great and it fits well with the sequences it is accompanied with. I'm not sure it's the "Apocalypse now for suburban teenagers" as the cover claims because it really didn't bring to light everything a kid in suburbia has to deal with. It touched on most of the issues, but it focused heavily on drugs and violence.I think it was worth the money I spent to buy it, though the DVD extra features seem like they were slapped together at the last minute. Overall, it's worth buying and it's definitely worth watching at least once."