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Superfly Movie Review

 


Superfly is a hard hitting crime drama directed by music guru Director X, and written by Alex Tse.

The American Dream is invoked to several times in Superfly. The mentions come from the movie's lead character, and from a song on the sound track. These days, it seems, the phrase is often used ironically. It's all about the accumulation of wealth and a sybaritic lifestyle. There's no spiritual dimension, no sense of genuine civic aspiration.

Within those cynically defined contemporary parameters, Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson, dressed to the nines and sporting what one character derides as, "Morris Day hair") is doing well. He's a major drug supplier in bling driven Atlanta. He has two lives in girlfriends, the quietly sophisticated Georgia (Lex Scott Davis) and the young, flintier Cynthia (Andrea Londo). He's got a beautiful house and a beautiful car, commands respect and presides over an uneasy peace with Snow Patrol, a competing drug gang that wear all white.

That peace starts fragmenting early in the picture, outside a nightclub, where an indolently truculent Snow Patrol member JuJu (Kaalan Rashad walker), takes a shot at Priest and instead hits a bystander. Priest plays a good guy by handing the victim's friends a wad of cash and giving them the name of the best local trauma center. Priest a Kingpin begins to realize that this is the life he no longer wants. He decides that one last score that's big enough should be all that he needs to live a safer and relaxed life but with this comes many obstacles that he must overcome if he wants to live his dream.

In my opinion, movies with multiple antagonists leaves a bad taste. However, for this movie the blending of the villains were artful. I enjoyed the story and the action. Superfly is a movie I believe isn't on many peoples radar, but the film deserves a lot more praise than its getting.

Other characters are Rick Ross, Jason Mitchell (Eddie), Jennifer Morrison (Detective Mason), Allen Maldonado (Litty), Michael K. Williams (Scatter), Lecrae, Big Boi, Jacob Ming-Trent (Fat Freddie), Esai Morales, Al-Jaleel Knox (Shooter) and Atkins Estimond.

-Annie Love

 

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