This film feels unique and fresh, but it is by no means a new story, as it is a tale that’s been told in film countless times before. Love, friendship, betrayal, and revenge colliding in a crime and gang-ridden environment where two young men are just trying to make it out alive. Yet where this film really excels is in capturing a striking sense of place, with details that feel raw and authentic. At least for me, the dialog and some scenes weren’t always easy to follow, but even so, you’re continually pulled along and deeper into the characters and story by the emotion and energy. More than just pace, this film has a beat to it that is every bit as foot-thumping as its musical score. As a rookie directorial effort, it’s very impressive, and the kind of movie that stays with you quite a while after you watch it.