Crime is just a game to teenaged Newark car thief Jason Petty (Sharron Corley), but the game becomes a war when Lt. Emil Roscoe (Saul Stein) decides to take down Jason’s crew by any means necessary. As the steadily escalating cycle of violence leads to its inescapably deadly conclusion, Jason’s life of lawlessness will end the only way it can unless he beats the overwhelming odds against survival. Gabriel Casseus co-stars.
I enjoyed this film, mainly because I liked the main characters, their way of life, except that they weren't going to high school. The movie seemed like a Spike Lee film, which is a good thing, and felt like it presented a balanced representation of the criminal side of African American life (including friends, family, income, and cultural ethics), but I have no idea whether it is true.
There's more to this film than Cops & Robbers, Car Chases, a Gritty Look at Life on the Streets, Troubled Teens Learning and Growing, or the Villany of White Folk. But to the extent that those elements are present, New Jersey Drive isn't in the same class as Laws of Gravity.