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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Brutally violent, frighteningly relevant invasion thriller.

Movie NR 2017 94 minutes
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An intensely physical, adrenaline-propelled experience -- with touching, vivid depictions of human connection, pain, and fear -- this thriller about a full-scale invasion is terrifyingly timely. Shot, like Rope, Russian Ark, Silent House, Birdman, and Victoria, in what appears to be one continuous, unbroken take (although "hidden" cuts are easy to spot), Bushwick plunges viewers into a street-level experience. Running alongside the characters, it's impossible to know what's around any corner, or what could jump through a door at any second.

Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (whose distasteful Cooties never would have suggested they could produce anything this good), the camerawork in Bushwick is startlingly clear and intuitive, suggesting a human's point of view, rather than a shaking camera's. It must have taken an impressive level of choreography and timing. That also goes for stars Snow and Bautista, who turn in athletic, full-blooded performances under great duress. Doing away with any foreign bad guys or greedy corporate types, this movie fits squarely into our current times; it is, very simply, about the deep, seemingly insurmountable divide between America's "red" and "blue" ideologies. Yet the heroes are squarely on the side of compassion and common sense.

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