Chop Shop is a gritty, unpredictable, street smart, survival type of movie. Alejandro is a streetsmart young orphan that lives to make sure him and his older sisiter have what they need. Alejandro’s older sister helps get income by seling herself, while he works at a body shop. This is not a typical , movie that I would watch but it is extremely interesting ang engaging.
It is hard for adults to survive being homeless or on the streets, so for children its ten times worse, Their actions of survival is way beyond their years, and this is because of their need to make it in the streets and because of their circumstances that are more against them than for them. In the beginning of the film Alejandro and his sister had big dreams of having a food truck and working for themselves. But as life became harder those dreams disappeared and Alejandro began to steal to make ends meet and his sister went in to the business of seling her body.
Ale personality is similar to many young children in urban environments. These children are forced to grow-up faster due to unfortunate circumstances. As a society we usually praise children that are able to find their way and rise from those movements. Never thinking how those movements may take a toll on a child so young. Even though I still respect the way Ale went about striving to provide a better life for his sister and himself it is admirable.
Chop Shop is a movie film in Queens, New York directed by Ramin Bahrani. The movie is about Alejandro an orphan boy who tries to survived on his on by working in a garage fixing cars in Queens. The neighborhood is in Corona by the Met Willets Point Stadium. Alejandro then tries to contact his sisters and tells her to move in with him in a small room located on the upper floor of the garage where he works at.
After his sister moves in they try to buy a food truck to make a living out of themselves that way they can only be their own boss. Chop Shop was depressing to watch because it was hard seeing people live in these conditions, especially a young boy like Alejandro eating popcorn in his room with not a real parent to guide him through the way.
As the movie went on, his sister became a prostitute and Alejandro began to steal. I would have liked the ending to be different. Seeing how it was so depressing I would have liked for it to have had a happy ending.
Chop Shop is really a nice movie. It tells a story about Ale who is an orphan from Queens, New York. He has a sister named Izzy. They both live in an auto repair store where Ale works. He is like the father figure to his the sister. His sister work at the food truck in an auto repair area. His sister works as a prostitute at night and Ale find out about it when he and his friend see her inside the truck with a stranger. He never tells her about it and behave normal. There is a truck they both wanted to buy and have their own business. They start to save the money and finally buys the truck, but it is so dirty that they have to change everything inside which will cost them about $10000/-.
The movie is very realistic and deals with the everyday life of the legal and illegal immigrant in New York City. We still see people at the waiting for some random people to pick up for the work. Even though child labor is illegal in New York, I think there are many who are working hiding from the law. Just like in the movie how Ale and Izzy work together to survive, there are many siblings in New York who work together to survive.