When one thinks of an unassuming movie, Bushwick is a perfect example through and through. From its choice of stars, the posters and the opening few minutes of the film, Bushwick does not really elicit too much curiosity or want in the viewer to proceed any further. That changes almost immediately as the picture soon falls into cliché with the arrival of a man on fire. As often as the audience has seen this though, it still works and one immediately knows that something is going on and is keen to discover what it is. So much like many a film before it and very much like human nature that chooses to run towards danger before running from it, the need to know overpowering and Brittney Snow, star of Pitch Perfect among other things, decides to do just that with her boyfriend and things only get worse from there.
Despite satiating her curiosity at what is happening on the streets around her, Snow’s character Lucy should have turned around and gotten back on the subway behind her and gotten herself to safety. Instead, she heads off to Grandma’s house which is right in the thick of it all and along the way she picks up a man named Stupe as played by Dave Bautista. Together they head off on a quest, not only to see if Grandma is doing all right, but to escape the nightmare they find themselves in. Amongst the chaos they run into all manner of people, aggressors and defenders and those simply looking to benefit from the situation and while at times a bit of the dialogue might seem repetitive or not as deep as some might like when encountering such persons, it is when one thinks about it, what one would expect in such confrontations. Moving at a fairly quick pace for the most part, the movie does manage to offer up some characterization when it comes to Snow and Bautista. They may not be the most likeable of people, but they are better than most of those that surround them and it is easy to find oneself rooting for them as the film motors along – hoping beyond hope that they will make it and give the picture its happy ending.
While the film features many of the same tropes that a lot of post-apocalyptic movies tend to sport, it always manages to be quite compelling. Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion may not have created a masterpiece nor had the budget to do so, but they do a decent job of telling the story they wanted to tell with a good amount of action to keep it going. One of the more interesting plots was they why of it all – the reason Texas and the other states seceded from the nation and it definitely would have been nice to see a little more of that backstory. As it is, the focus was where it should have been and it never wavered far from Lucy and Stupe until it had to end. Putting aside the plot holes and whatever else that a person might find at fault with the film, Bushwick entertained and was left open for a sequel which hopefully, will materialize at some point down the road.
3.5 out of 5