.

Fresh

Samuel L. Jackson

Directed by Boaz Yakin
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 0
Community: star rating
5 0 0
August 24, 1994

This powerful and moving debut from writer and director Boaz Yakin may have a 12-year-old protagonist, but you won't mistake it for Disney. Fresh, played with riveting intensity by Sean Nelson, runs heroin and crack after school, then goes home to the Brooklyn, N.Y., projects where he lives with his Aunt Frances (Cheryl Freeman) and 11 cousins. His junkie sister, Nichole (N'Bushe Wright), has moved in with her abusive boyfriend. Fresh has been warned against seeing his homeless dad, Sam (Samuel L. Jackson), but when he sneaks off to join Sam for a game of speed chess, he picks up a few moves Dad never intended.

The great cinematographer Adam Holender (Midnight Cowboy) brings a vivid authenticity to Fresh's environment. To get himself and his sister out, Fresh turns two rival drug bosses, Esteban (Giancarlo Esposito) and Corky (Ron Brice), against each other in a blood bath that brings down villains like pawns. The acting by Esposito and Jackson is exceptional, but it is on the remarkable face of Nelson that Yakin shows what gets lost when a child beats criminals at their own game.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Stillness Is the Move”

    Dirty Projectors | 2009

    A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com