Sunday, June 22, 2008

Uptown, Downtown

Author: Josh P.
Location: Chicago, IL

"Uptown, Downtown"

Directed by Spike Lee
Written by Spike Lee, Paul Haggis and Mario Van Peoplees
Original Music by Rolfe Kent

Principal Cast:

Mario Van Peoplees (Brian Robinson)
Richard Dreyfuss (Charles H. Trickson)
Josh Hartnett (Rob Trickson)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Tony Whitmore)
Spike Lee (Dante Harold)
Morgan Freeman (Jacob Robinson)

Tagline: "Let no one silence your voice"

Synopsis: An intense tale focusing on an unknown city that has unconsciously divided itself into two groups: blacks which have a domination on downtown and whites which mainly control uptown. Downtown is a poor community but its citizens rely a lot on family values and connections. Uptown is vastly wealthy but is controlled by the bureaucratic values of business, particularly in real-estate. Each half has an unofficial "leader": Brian Robinson, known to be a high profiled hustler, represents downtown and Charles Trickson is the president of uptown's leading real-estate industry.

Mostly there is a peace among the two areas, they don't like each other but as long as they don't bother one another, everything is okay. That is until Brian Robinson's son is found dead on the boarders near Uptown and he promises a vendetta. To add to the problem, Charles Trickson, with the convincing words of his son Rob, decides to expand his territory to downtown which will force people out of there homes. This starts an all out war that will end with serious consequences.

What the press would say:

Spike Lee blows us away with a fantastic story. He capitalizes on a great look as well as presenting us with a great story. The cast is great as well. Mario Van Peoplees truly defines himself as an actor along with a great supporting cast like Richard Dreyfuss, Josh Hartnett, Jake Gyllenhaal and an amazing Morgan Freeman who graces the screen in a mere cameo role as Robinson's father. A strong campaign is looking for these nominations:

Best Picture
Best Actor: Mario Van Peoplees
Best Supporting Actor: Richard Dreyfuss
Best Supporting Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal
Best Supporting Actor: Josh Hartnett
Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis, Spike Lee, Mario Van Peoplees
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction

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