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Product Overview

An ex-convict gets tangled up with a gang after his car is hijacked with his son inside.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 202925456
UPC 025193121226
UPC 14 00025193121226
Format DVD
Release Date 1/27/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Gibson,Tyrese
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Cast & Crew
Darin Scott, et. al. - Screenplay
Kon Artis, et. al. - Original Music By
Larenz Tate - Actor
Meagan Good - Actor
Shane Hurlbut - Cinematographer
Terilyn A. Shropshire - Editor
The Game - Actor
Tony Brown, et. al. - Producer
Tyrese Gibson - Actor
Vondie Curtis-Hall - Director
Review Skillfully directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, Waist Deep is a taut, grittily entertaining B-movie reminiscent of the gangster films that Warner Bros. used to crank out with assembly line efficiency in the 1930s and '40s. This hip-hip flavored riff on Bonnie & Clyde tweaks the well-worn formula just enough to keep you involved, even if the surprises are ultimately minimal in Hall and Darin Scott's screenplay. What Waist Deep chiefly has going for it is the palpable chemistry between the leads, Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Good (Brick), who sizzle as the South Central Los Angeles couple driven by life-or-death circumstances to embark on a crime spree.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
Review The director of the infamous Mariah Carey debacle Glitter, Vondie Curtis-Hall, has finally returned to the big screen after five years in the television trenches with the urban thriller Waist Deep. Although failing to evoke the slight exploitation charm of, say, last summer's Four Brothers, this effort nonetheless tops most films targeted at the same demographic. Still, even if it couldn't have been shallower, one would think that it might have been slicker.
Reviewer William Goss
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review For roughly its first half hour, "Waist Deep" looks as if it's going to amount to something solid among so-called "urban thrillers." Much like its hero, an ex-con-turned-single dad-security-guard named O-2 (Tyrese Gibson), the movie shows an unsteady, yet earnest resolve to fulfill modest expectations. And then, everything flies off the rails...Hope for the movie holds out just a little bit longer than for O-2 -- or "O" for short. He's so into being the dutiful dad rushing to pick up his son (H. Hunter Hall) from school that he forgets to leave behind his sidearm at work...Junior (the son's name) is napping in O-2's back seat when hoodlums seize both convertible and child. O takes down some of the thugs in a firefight, but the car is gone. The only lead O can grab comes from a comely hustler (Meagan Good), who becomes his reluctant partner. It turns out that Junior is being held for ransom by the Dirty Rat Who Sent Our Hero Up the River. Given the prosaic name of Meat (rap star the Game), the monster-mobster's venality is established by his willingness to sever limbs of those who make him mad...As its plot thickens, "Waist Deep" gets more outlandish. The whole mess empties out into an overextended car chase through Los Angeles, Whatever's left of the movie's focus can only be found in the work of Gibson, Good and Larenz Tate as O's ne'er-do-well cousin.
Reviewer Gene Seymour
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Variety
Review Doing very little to dispel Los Angeles' reputation as a hotbed of gangland vendettas, voluptuous streetwalkers and some of the worst traffic on the planet, "Waist Deep" packs considerable energy and style into its tale of an ex-con forced back into a life of crime to rescue his kidnapped son..."Waist Deep" is at its most engaging when it allows a breezy lightness of tone to slip into the otherwise grim proceedings. Good, the strikingly assured young actress from "Brick" and "Roll Bounce," steals one scene after another as the hilariously resourceful Coco -- causing a diverting ruckus in a bank one moment, verbally seducing a suspicious police officer the next...Gibson's smoldering, subdued performance conveys both the violent desperation and the essential decency of a father figure having his arm twisted, while Larenz Tate creates a quietly memorable figure as O2's ironically named gangbanger cousin, Lucky. Young Hall, however, could have used a mite more direction as the terrorized tot...Shane Hurlbut's widescreen cinematography, with its occasionally ripe, oversaturated colors, expertly captures the sweat and sizzle of an L.A. afternoon. Soundtrack's abundant hip-hop riffs occasionally double as catchy intro music for the characters, ably complementing Terence Blanchard's pulsing score.
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Gibson,Tyrese
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Bob Ross, Tampa Tribune An Action-Fueled Crime Thriller!
Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly Curtis Hall keeps slipping in surprising social and emotional flavorings rarely found in the genre.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Movies this enjoyable don't come about by accident.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...pleasing noirish touches along with larger-than-life-size characters.
Tim Knight, ...a taut, grittily entertaining B-movie...[a] hip-hip flavored riff on Bonnie & Clyde...
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