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The Education of Sonny Carson [Import]
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If your one of those special effects with lots of blood without a plot kind of movie watcher then your simply not in the real world (or from it) and the movie may go over your head. But if your from the streets or have an interest in its history and culture then check out this film. And if your into Hip Hop Culture then its also a must see. Although the movie doesn't show you what Sonny does after his release from the beast (prison) it does show you what he encountered upon his return to the streets. That was a cool tactic ... why? Sonny Carson is a real person and anything you what to know about him is in the open. So the struggle continues.
On the other hand, I enjoyed watching the group of friends discuss their dreams of life beyond the ghetto. The parade was a scene that embraced the culturalism of the city and other recreational options for the youth it had to offer. Although the ending was sad, it is tremendously realistic and shows the struggles that are ever present in the rise from poverty and oppression.
I never saw this movie before I purchased it. I was expecting something like Cooley High. I did not, and still, do not know much about Sonny Carson. The film ends right at the turning point of his life!
If you sat down in the theater in 1973/4 and watched this film, knowing nothing about him, after the film you would have walked out wondering why they made this film at all.
He gets out of prison and finds that all of his friends have either been killed, succumbed to drug addiction, or are incarcerated. The movie ends here.
We see nothing of the positive changes that he made. We don't know why he joined a gain in the first place. What motivated him? His parents seemed loving and he supposedly got good grades in school. It didn't appear that everyone in his school was in a gang either. Another enigma is his girlfriend, who appears to be clean-cut when we first meet her. When he gets out of jail, she's strung out on heroine. How did this happen? No explanations given in this film.
Instead the movie wastes valuable time showing long scenes of people dancing and other scenes of people singing gospel. This appears often in blaxploitation films... why? I don't like watching people dance and sing, it wastes time, and hurts the flow of the movie. If there was some purpose for the gospel singing i.e. Sonny had an apparent interest in church, that would be ok... but he didn't. And have you ever seen a parade where they allow street gangs to march in them?!?!?! Well you'll see it here!Read more ›
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I was very curious to see this movie because, I read an very good review on the movie, I think it said something like "if this movie does not make you stand up and be pride,... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
There is something wrong with this DVD at chapter 5 where Sonny takes a hit of weed from 2 pimps at first I thought the echos I was hearing was part of the scene but as soon as the... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003