Red Hook Summer reminded me of an another Spike Lee Joint – Crooklyn, it also has a bit of Clockers inside. The film manages to put you into a in-da-hood climate, where a sins-from-the-past-story will be told. When the good man teaches, the bible will preach itself. Praise the Lord, Hallelujah.
It happens very often, that movies that had been released on DVD/bluray elsewhere, are celebrating (or awaiting) their theatrical premiere in Germany. Same happened when it comes to How I spent… (a.k.a. Get the Gringo). I was able to watch it on a sneak peak screening, although I’m not 100% sure if this movie got a real theatrical release in Germany. But lets get back to the movie itself. This is an exceptionally good Mel Gibson flick (it really is). Sarcastic main character narration, Mexican prison micro-republic environment, nice supporting characters, and a well written story will give almost a Lethal Weapon-like experience.