Michael (or Fresh as he’s well known) is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded housing project with his cousins and aunt. As the story progresses Fresh realizes that he doesn’t want to sell drugs anymore, he wants out.
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The only true moment in this film (and what a moment it is) is the final scene. Otherwise, there is an overwrought and contrived feel to the many twists and turns of the plot. In dealing with the the young protagonist the film was too calculated and also too focused on the revenge narrative, rather the social/cultural side. A misguided effort that had the potential to be more from the power of that ending scene.
'Fresh' (1994) is one of those films that is best seen at least twice. The first time to be taken by surprise, and the second time to fully appreciate the subtlety of this powerful and genre-defying film, the basis of which is a script of rare intelligence.
Read my full review: http://www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2007/12/16/fresh