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Indie Thriller 'Changing The Game' (Tony Todd, Sean Riggs) On DVD August 28

by Vanessa Martinez
July 31, 2012 6:36 PM
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Rel Dowdell's 2nd feature film, Changing The Game, which stars Tony Todd (Candyman,  24, The Event); Sean Riggs (Stomp the Yard), actor/rapper Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones (A Day in the Life, Blade: The Series, Law & Order, NCIS: LA) and Irma P. Hall (Soul Food) is heading to DVD on August 28. The film had a limited theatrical release back in May of this year.

To recap, here's the full synopsis:

An epic tale about a supremely intelligent young African-American male who rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to being a shining star in the lucrative world of high finance at Wall Street's most prestigious firm. However, he soon finds that the white-collar world is filled with crime and death just like the drug-filled hood he left behind. His only chance of survival is to fully integrate a mysterious gift from a slain childhood friend fully into the fabric of his

Here's the trailer below, and DVD cover underneath it:

Trailer Cut 3/16/12 from Nick Schwartz on Vimeo.

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  • Kimkeah | August 6, 2012 6:01 PMReply

    This film was well written, well casted, and brilliantly directed!!! The movie is not what you typically expect and requires close attention due to the mature and thoughtful storyline. There are some amazing twists and turns and the end kept the audience sitting in its seats during the movie credits trying to absorb what just occurred. I highly recommend everyone check out this movie and see why it personifies its title...Changing the Game.

    This film does an excellent job of showing an educated black man trying to succeed in a field that has very few people of color. It's classic adoption of the survival skills learned from our individual environments that's shape us coupled with those presented by historic figures and how to apply those in the world of business is the brilliance behind this film.

  • Cheryl Kinnard | August 6, 2012 5:31 PMReply

    "Changing The Game" really surprised me. The characters instantly won my heart. I found myself crying within five minutes of the start of the film. That does not happen every day. Love and compassion for humanity jumped off the screen from the start. The film was well written and the cinematography was exceptional. The tone was properly set at the beginning. I must commend the writer on a job well done. The characters were well developed. People from all walks of like should be able to relate to them. I was able to follow the film, but was unable to predict what was going to happen. The film made me reflect on societal issues and the roles we play. It gave me hope in knowing we have power to change the game. Everyone should see this film and celebrate those who dare to dream.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | July 31, 2012 7:17 PMReply

    This started out promising then tanked. It kind of reminded me of a updated version of Sugar Hill. Unfortunately, these types of movies always switch back and forth between the people who made it out of the hood and the people they left behind in the hood. Just so cliche. The cast was okay but the extras like the Arab guy, made me laugh out loud. Just No Bueno!!! But I think the director has promise so Ill stay tuned for future projects.

  • Greg Quarnes | August 6, 2012 4:01 PM

    Both of the previous reviewers ("D.C." Kirkwood and "Tino" Reyes, which sound like the members of a bad glam 80's R&B group) are the usual hating idiots who are probably failed writers/directors themselves which is exactly the problem with the black community today. I saw this film with a captivated audience in Atlanta and it was by far one of the
    best films I've seen regardless of race in many years. Everybody wants to be a hater of black filmmakers, especially from their own. This film was transcendent of race and has a myriad of messages for all communities. I can't wait to see the film that D.C. and Tito make. No doubt it will be about the origin of Jeri Curis and shiny suits and their first hit single, "I Love the Bozack."

  • Tino Reyes | August 6, 2012 12:39 PM

    I agree with you D.C. this is a bad movie and I dont think the director has any promise either because hes also listed as the writer of this monstrosity so hes double at fault...infact the only thing that made the audience "ooooh" was the muscular dude that came out in the boat couldn't give me a free copy of this movie.

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