Inside A Change

posted June 21, 2009 01:06:00 PM CDT | 10 comments

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Chris Price’s struggle is similar to a lot of other cats’. Surrounded by despair, he decides to make his way out by selling weed on the block. He’s got no father in the picture. Moms is overworked. His girlfriend is fed up. His older brother is pissed. His younger bro is being led astray. He’s arrested. It’s the same, sad story you’ve heard a hundred times before.

At the same time, it’s not. For one, the ever-scowling Price (played admirably by Ephraim Benton, a Jameer Nelson look-alike) isn’t locked up for pushing marijuana in some Queens back alley. Nah, he and his crew are actually ambushed in what they thought was off-the-radar turf in Long Island. And rather than have his mother (Karen Chilton) mourn a son lost to the system, Chris keeps his pending six-month bid quiet; instead, he poses as if he’s going down to Tennessee for computer training.

That whole storyline could have gotten stale pretty quickly, but under famed music video director Rik Cordero’s [click to read] watch, it never does. (Cordero turns in a few industry favors here, as rappers Consequence [click to read] and Joell Ortiz [click to read] cameo.) If anything, the lie Price lives and the ever-tough exterior he walks around with are signs of a young man who knows right from wrong. Even as his time as a free man starts to end and ways of the street begin to show their ugly head (one drug dealer trying to lure Chris’ 12-year-old brother is just beggin’ for an ass whoppin’), Chris stays focused on his goal of throwing his mother a surprise birthday party.

Yeah, we know. The timing of ma duke’s born day couldn’t have been any worse, right? Wrong. Chris needs this. If what Cordero hints at through his gritty lens plays out, 180 days in the joint might spark serious change in our embattled lead figure. But all we know for sure is that two hours with this flick won’t necessarily enlighten you to anything new. It will, however, reinforce the power of family and the toxicity of certain individuals in your circle.

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