Steven Caple Jr. is a filmmaker worth watching, here and in the future.
Caple has a unique eye and a strong sense of place. Here's hoping that next time he applies them to a fresher story.
Contrivances spoil the sense of realism and place that Mr. Caple, who wrote the script, often so deftly evokes.
Caple emphasizes the desperation that breeds street crime, and he never tries to puff his kids up into heroes. They're just kids who feel insulted by the few prospects that seem available to them.
There's enough on screen, beyond Lendeborg's confident star turn, to label Caple as a filmmaker to watch.
An at-risk youth movie we've seen many times before in more authentic versions.