An incredibly stylized, high-octane gritty coming of age story about young "Pug" as he grows up in the streets of West Baltimore, vying to become a part of the highly coveted, dangerous dirt-bike gang known as the notorious: 12 O'Clock Boys.
I have a weak spot for urban stories and visuals. Pug, is a very charismatic and confident young kid to craft something around. although there is nothing profound or new here, it's an interesting look at life on the streets of Baltimore and a subculture that's viewed in polarizing ways. the Phantom cam slo-mo sequences are all flash but they work really well as elevated, poetic moments here.
"Without underplaying the dead-end recklessness of the dirt-biking scene, Nathan goes to extraordinary lengths to capture the allure for young black men mired in poverty, hostility, and hopelessness. ...The film shows the tragic impasse between a street culture that’s reckless and provocative, and a police force that exacerbates the problem with heavy-handed tactics." - Scott Tobias, The Dissolve. 3.5 stars