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Rated NR · 105 minutes · 2010

Action, Drama
After being denied a bank loan, a middle-aged grocer and lapsed Christian (Henry Brown) overcomes his misgivings and accepts a new business partner, a young black Muslim (Omari Hardwick) whose confidence and drive make a strong impression. With that premise—and the natural performances of the actors—this contemporary drama set in Oakland is off to a good start, suggesting a number of provocative themes, including how communities grapple with change as older generations recede. But then director-writer Carmen Madden switches gears into urban-thriller territory with a retread of familiar drug war stories, and the film devolves into a lockstep exercise of transforming the hero from a low-key nice guy into vigilante. With Tessa Thompson


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Director: Carmen Madden
Producer: Carmen Madden and Monte Schulz
Cast: Henry Brown, Afi Ayanna, Chris Ayles, Ed Gilles III, Omari Hardwick, Daryl Harper, Corey Jackson, Mõ, Mawiyah Johnson and Emmanuel Lee

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