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Kill Whitey (2009)

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The saga begins when a group of gun-toting, drug-dealing gangsters get together for their weekly poker game, and it wouldn't be a proper gangster movie if someone didn't try to cheat. Unfortunately for said cheater, he is caught in the act, and it doesn't take long before guns are drawn and tempers are flaring. A shoot-out occurs and a handful of people are no longer breathing, but more importantly for the story, mob kingpin Whitey discovers that his beloved dog has been shot. This does not sit well with Whitey, and when he discovers that the man who shot his dog works for Big Suga, the other kingpin in town, a war begins to erupt between the two factions. --Submitted
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Review by Chad
Added: August 09, 2009
David Daze is a bit of a machine when it comes to cranking out movies. He and his production company Film 1 Studios have pumped out over twenty films in just about every imaginable genre over the last four years, and even though I've only seen one of them (The American Streetfighterz Trilogy: Street Godz Of War II), I enjoyed it enough to find myself interested in his take on the gangster genre. I finally got a chance to sit down with this two-hour monster of a film, and the end result was a bit of a mixed bag: it had its perks, it had its flaws, and the overall film was... well, read on.

The saga begins when a group of gun-toting, drug-dealing gangsters get together for their weekly poker game, and it wouldn't be a proper gangster movie if someone didn't try to cheat. Unfortunately for said cheater, he is caught in the act, and it doesn't take long before guns are drawn and tempers are flaring. A shoot-out occurs and a handful of people are no longer breathing, but more importantly for the story, mob kingpin Whitey (Roger Letizia) discovers that his beloved dog has been shot. This does not sit well with Whitey, and when he discovers that the man who shot his dog works for Big Suga (Alex Green), the other kingpin in town, a war begins to erupt between the two factions.

Let's get the bad - the really, really bad - out of the way first. The sound in this film is downright horrible: there's just no way to sugarcoat that fact. There are scenes where you can't hear the dialogue at all thanks to on-location recording, so you're trying to hear people talking while they're being drowned out by cars going by during what seemed to be rush hour. Not a problem, you might say... just turn the volume up. The problem there is that the gunshot and punch sound effects were added in during post-production, and the volume level for these effects were absolutely deafening. Just to illustrate this point further for you fine readers, I normally watch movies with the volume on my TV set to 30. I was having to go up to 65 for the dialogue and down to 10 for the sound effects, so needless to say, there were moments where I was scrambling for the remote thanks to an out-of-the-blue flurry of gunshots that could probably be heard a mile away.

My other gripe about the film was that it was simply too long, and it wasn't too long solely because of the storyline. There are a multitude of scenes in here that should have been trimmed down or cut out entirely, and truth be told, I had to take a break midway through the film due to this. For example, there's one scene where we see Mr. Daze pull up in his car to question a guy who might know the whereabouts of Daze's current target. There's nothing wrong with that scene in and of itself, but did we really need to watch the car pull up, turn around, pull in, park, and then watch him get out of the car? This was a forty second scene that seemed more like a commercial for this particular brand of car than the arrival of the film's chief badass. As an eighty or ninety minute film, Kill Whitey would have been much more enjoyable... but at a little over two hours, it gets downright tedious in spots.

Alright, so we have the negatives out of the way... how about the positives? Well, the storyline found here was pretty interesting if you're a fan of the crime / gangster genre, and even though it's a mish-mash of things that we have seen in previous films, it's actually pretty entertaining. Various hitmen are called in by both sides to spice things up a bit, and some of them have histories with the two crime lords which provides us with some neat twists. There are also a damned nice set of female legs that appear from time to time, and though this lady has no significance to the overall plot, it was definitely a unique way of segueing from one scene to the next: a scene will wrap up, we see this woman walk across the room in a short little skirt with a fine pair of oiled-up legs, and then we move on to the next scene.

Overall, Kill Whitey is not a great film, but with a little polish and a little more time in post, it could have been above average. The entire affair does seem to be a bit rushed, and looking at how many releases those boys have put out recently, I don't think that that statement is entirely unfounded. Perhaps spending a little more time in the editing room with the finished films and cutting back to just three or four releases per year would serve these guys well, as the ideas are definitely there. 5/10.
Alex Chill #1: Alex Chill - added 09/26/2009, 05:59 AM
Agian i would love to say i love working with the cast and crew in this action film.
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