After beginning his career with two polarizing comedies, the entertaining Zombieland and shameful 30 Minutes or Less, American director Ruben Fleischer departs from familiar ground and delves into the underground mob scene for his third feature. However, in tackling the crime genre the emerging filmmaker shows his naivety and inexperience with a derivative crowd-pleaser that is so focussed on borrowing ideas from previous classics that it fails to establish its own identity.
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Once upon a time in South Central…
Having spent a large period of his teenage years on the troubling streets he’s so often returned to within film, American filmmaker David Ayer’s personal connection to Los Angeles is a proven inspiration for many of his productions. While the setting is a direct influence from his past, Ayer’s films are not entirely autobiographical and follow an LAPD officer in South Central, Los Angeles.
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