Thursday, January 10, 2013

American Me 1992

"You're starting to show weakness,...and we both know you can't do that." 

I've probably seen this movie close to 40 times.  One of my all time faves.  Watched this one again cuz I like to revisit the "classics", on occasion.  Decided to watch it with an eye on writing something up for this blog.  I guess after you've seen a movie so many times, the brutality gets lost on you.

I would venture to say that every hispanic male between the ages of 35 and 45 could quote every line from one of two movies.  American Me...or Blood In Blood Out.  It all just depends on which one you saw first.  I've done my own unofficial polling on this so,...

American Me is a fictionalized account of the rise of La Eme (the letter M), The Mexican Mafia, within the California Penal system.  The story is the rise and fall of Montoya Santana, from teenage street gang member to leader of what became the most powerful gang in Foslom Prison.  A lot of drama and a lot of the aformentioned brutality.  Let's see,...

Gang rape, immolation, A knife to the chest, A knife to the jugular, A knife in the back door, a gunshot blast to some dudes manhood, death by cocaine and sibling murder.  You add it all up and that kinda puts the ear cutting in Reservoir Dogs to shame.

A documentary on this movie, found on the dvd, made it clear that La Eme was none too pleased with the making of this movie.  Supposedly, Edward James Olmos name was "on a list" and a few of the real life collaborators on the film ended up dead after it's completion.

Well,...that's enough to keep me from blogging anymore about this movie. 

1 comment:

  1. This was a minimal review but it makes you want to see the film asap!