So I’m behind on movies… way behind. The Land was released almost a year and a half ago and I just watched it for the first time tonight. BUT in my defense, it wasn’t shown in theaters near me and with classes and work and life, I honestly kind of forgot about it.
The story follows a group of teenagers who start out by stealing cars and selling them. One of the cars ends up having bags of Molly (ecstasy) in the trunk, so the boys decide to start dealing the drug so they can pay for skateboarding competitions.
As the story progresses we see the repercussions of getting into selling drugs and the effect it has on our minds (paranoia of getting caught / found) and even our safety, as actor Moises Aries’ character is shot and killed.
There are several incredible actors/resses in this Sundance film including Kim Coates (known for Sons of Anarchy), Cleveland rapper turned actor Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly) and Vine star Melvin Gregg.
I really enjoyed this film and I think that Nas did an incredible job producing this story. I just wish the film had gotten more exposure nationally, as it only played in select theaters. This film really highlights how easy it is for teens to get involved with drugs and the unfortunate reality of how the cycle of violence continues through generations.
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
My rating: 8/10