B omb City takes us on a tour deep inside the punk culture and the young punks who live their lives in anarchy and freedom. Based on a true story that shocked the small Texas town called Amarillo, this independent film really caught the punk culture and the director Jameson Brooks hit a home run with this one. Jamie Brooks had previous experience directing short films and the story he decided to tell through Bomb City, his first feature movie, is absolutely enthralling.
The actors did a great job, especially the lead role of Brian Deneke, performed by Dave Davis, previously seen on TWD, Logan and others. Henry Knotts did an outstanding performance as a true punk savage called King, and next to Logan Huffman (Ricky), Lorelei Linklater (Rome) and Dominic Ryan Gabriel as Brian’s brother Jason, form the close circle of friends that share the same taste for anarchy and good old punk rock. Excellent music that goes along with the movie concept as well as great filmography makes the Bomb City a movie worth watching.
Amarillo, Texas is the name of the city where this story took place and it a place known for being conservative and deeply religious. There is always two sides to a story and in this case we see it from the perspective of a 19 year old punk teen and a 17 year old jock teen. Opposites from the head to the toes, the jocks commonly bullied the so-called punks, who wore spiked wristbands and leather jackets as well as combat boots and chains all over their garments. The differences between them were greater than the coincidences and it was just a matter of time for the brawls to take place.
The coincidences between them are many and Jamie Brooks really showed them. He did a great job portraying the punk sub-culture and the way of life led by the young people who call themselves punks. We also can get a look at the social injustices they have to go through just for being different and rebellious. The police force, the church and most of the society have always had a bad concept about punks and lifestyle, however, in Bomb City we can see that we are not so different and the only things that separate us are the prejudices and judgments we store for each other.
A story that shook the entire United States and left an imprint in their society, which have always struggled with discrimination and inequality in the law system. Bomb City offers a closer look to the punk underground culture, the reasons behind their discontent and I also learned that Punk is not a definition, it is a statement. A very bold statement that few have dared to cry out loud, that can be heard behind all the fucks punks love to use.
In the end, Bomb City is a movie with a powerful and emotional message, terrific perfomances, especially those by Dave Davis and Harry Knotts. Glenn Morshower cannot go without mentioning due to his remorseless act as Cameron Wilson, the defense attorney. Morshower repeated the exact words that the defense attorney used in real life which gives us a clear look of how the law really works. A very well made independent film with a low budget that proves what a story well told can do.