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The filmmakers behind SOLLERS POINT make great use of wardrobe, shooting locations and props. Their gritty movie paints a sharp, realistic picture of life in low-income American neighborhoods, but it also has some nice moments. However, the story structure fails, partly because of some stale stereotypes. SOLLERS POINT has a strong pagan worldview, lots of strong foul language, lewd moments, and other immorality, mixed with Romantic, Christian, moral elements. The protagonist seems to give up the fight a better life by living a more Christ-like existence.
In SOLLERS POINT, 24-year-old Keith, a former drug-dealer, is put under house arrest after being released from prison and aims to better his life despite his surrounding rundown community, which is plagued by drugs, unemployment, gang violence, and segregation.
Keith, a 24-year-old born into an impoverished section of Baltimore, has just been paroled from prison due to drug dealing. He returns home to live with his father, where he’s put under house arrest. However, being back home in his old rundown neighborhood brings on a new set of challenges. His father is a strict man who’s always on Keith’s back about something. Keith feels he can’t live up to his father’s expectations of him and becomes a loner. He tells his former neighborhood friends, with whom he sold drugs, with that he’s been re-born and desires to live a morally sound life now. They make fun of this “good boy” image, which makes Keith feel even more alone than when he was in prison.
When Keith’s older sister and her children come to visit, she encourages her younger brother not to let Dad get to him. She informs Keith that Dad is harsh on him because he reminds him of their deceased mother. Keith was very close to his mom and looks at pictures of her every night before he sleeps. It becomes clear that Keith’s destructive habits have been a cry for help and a direct reaction to the pain he felt after losing his mother. Keith tries to get back together with his old girlfriend, a beautiful, sharp African-American girl who’s also tried to better her life, but she wants nothing to do with Keith. He reminds her of her past, and she doesn’t think he’s ready to break away from his old bad habits.
Feeling dejected even more, Keith goes down to a local strip club and has an affair with a stripper in a hotel room. He feels an attraction toward her and drops by her club to say hello. When he sees her with other men, she tells him to leave because she needs to do her job. This upsets Keith, and he starts a fistfight with some of the guys at the club. Keith is kicked out of the club and returns home to try to get his life together. He aims to find a trade, but only picks up an odd job cutting grass for a neighbor. Keith spends his money on snacks for his nieces to be a loving uncle, but in the end, his surroundings weigh him down even more.
Meanwhile, the men in the racist prison gang he had to join in prison to survive are always after him. They try to run him over in their van numerous times and are always threatening him with guns. They eventually kidnap him and throw him into the back of their van. Keith escapes and returns home. The dilemma of either staying in the old rundown, drug-ridden neighborhood he’s always known or getting out and making something of himself plague his thoughts daily.
[SPOILERS FOLLOW] The movie concludes with an open ending where the viewer is left to determine the outcome of Keith’s life, but it doesn’t look good. After wrecking the car his sister got for him, he runs into his ex-girlfriend, but the movie leaves it up to viewers as to whether Keith will finally turn things around for himself.
SOLLERS POINT has mastered some fine details. The filmmakers make great use of wardrobe selection, shooting locations, and props. This gritty movie paints a sharp realistic depiction of life in low-income neighborhoods in America. SOLLERS POINT also has some nice moments. However, the story structure fails because, other than Keith’s character, it uses stale stereotypes, such as the supportive grandmother, harsh father, loving sister, and the ex-girlfriend who got away. In reality, most of these characters could have been eliminated. The movie also suffers from too much expository dialogue.
SOLLERS POINT has a strong pagan worldview, mixed with some Romantic, Christian, moral elements. Sadly, the protagonist eventually seems to give up the fight to better his life, live a more Christ-like life, show love and compassion toward his family, and know and seek God wholeheartedly. He’s sometimes his own worst enemy but there are also times when no one will give him a break. SOLLERS POINT also contains lots of strong foul language, lewd content, violence, references to substance abuse, and other immoral behavior. Extreme caution is advised.
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