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HOOKERS IN REVOLT (2008)
Published by Film Fanaddict on 2009/1/18 (7737 reads)
Directed by Sean Weathers
Review by Aaron W. Graham
Released by Full Circle Filmworks
Running Time: 112 minutes
Color format: Color
Region Code: 1, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
16:9 Enhanced: No
Special Features: Trailer, Outtakes
Trailer Online: No
With the unlikely thematic inspiration of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” to help back up its radicalized politics (a mention of the book is seemingly on every page of its press release), HOOKERS IN REVOLT is an inventive, uneven throwback to early 70s blaxploitation, with its prevalence of tough-talkin’ pimps and hoes.
Writer/director Sean Weathers tells the story of a group of black prostitutes who are sick of the oppression that their abusive pimps have over their lives, and resent the capitalization of their independence. Eventually venturing out to do business on their own terms, the ladies of the evening ultimately discover that corruptibility doesn’t discriminate when it comes to gender.
With a large cast of frequently naked, lovely ladies (and the mean men who’ve previously traded in their bodies), Weathers navigates their woes and violent troubles on an absurdly low budget to mixed effect -- all stylistic bombast with no substance. Although set in the future, the pasty white apartment backgrounds hamper every lowly attempt at production design, making every stab at allegory sillier and sillier. Still, there’s an attention to craft that’s unmistakable and some ingenuity in the camerawork (including a number of floridly high and low angles that calls to mind such noted antecedents as THE BLACK GESTAPO).
Shot on digital, the film is presented in 1.33:1 on its independently released DVD. Scant extras include a choppily edited trailer and some brief outtakes.
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