Movie Review: BUSHWICK (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

BUSHWICK was directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott from a screenplay by Nick Damici and Graham Reznick and stars Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Myra Lucretia TaylorJeremie Harris, Arturo Castro and Christian Navarro.

When Lucy (Brittany Snow) steps off the subway, she walks into an utter bloodbath on the streets of Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Texas is attempting to secede from the Union, and militia forces have descended upon New York City to claim it as an East Coast base of operations and negotiation tool. Faced with a flurry of whizzing bullets and total destruction around every corner, Lucy takes shelter in the basement of Stupe (Dave Bautista), a burly war veteran who reluctantly helps her traverse the treacherous five-block stretch of Bushwick to reach her destination—assuming it’s still there.

The movie follows Lucy and Stupe, two strangers who come together as they try to make their way through the metropolitan battlefield of Bushwick without getting themselves killed. Their escape route is only a few blocks but getting through there is the tough part because they have to dodge gunfire and explosions with every step they take. The two really don’t know what’s actually going on in the beginning but as they press forward, all is revealed about this new civil war that has broken out and put state against state. It’s every man, woman and child for themselves as new militias and resistance groups form but sadly there really is no hope in sight for the ones caught in the middle of it all. Lucy and Stupe have to rely on each other to try and get to their desination but even they find out the hard way that there’s no escaping this apocalyptic nightmare they used to call home.

Dave Bautista takes the lead and does a fantastic job as this likable former Marine who reluctantly helps this young woman try to get to her destination. This character’s military training and survival skills come in handy for both of them in their dangerous journey as they dodge all kinds of deadly obstacles along the way. Brittany Snow does a great job with her damsel in distress type of character that slowly becomes a warrior as the movie plays out. The directing team of Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott did a really good job telling the story and bringing the insanity to life on screen. If they would have had a bigger budget to play with this movie would have been down right crazy – in a good way! Bushwick plays like a warzone video game that Dave Bautista’s and Brittany Snow’s characters are dropped right in the middle of to try and survive the deadly chaos. It’s nonstop insanity with bullets flying through the air and people getting shot up big time and it never lets up until the credits roll.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Bushwick that ended up being ths crazy apocalyptic hybrid of Mad Max meets Red Dawn meets . The story is really interesting because it not only deals with a serious subject matter that this country has already faced in the past but it could potentially face again one day. The small cast did a fantastic job with their characters that were put in this hostile environment where it’s all about surviving and nothing else. The movie gives its viewers a terrifying “what if” scenario that if this great country of ours ever did fall into another civil war, this is what it would look like. I’m also fully aware of which side would win if this was to ever happen because I’ll use my common sense before I ever let my emotions get me in trouble. Bushwick releases on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on October 24th and if you’re starved for a violent nonstop action-thriller then be sure you check this one out because it’s crazy cool from beginning to end.

Distributor: RLJ Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish SDH

Special Features: There’s not much but the release does include a featurette that takes the viewer behind-the-scenes. There’s also a photo gallery and poster gallery.

  • “The Making of BUSHWICK” featurette
  • Photo Galleries
  • Poster Gallery
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