Chop Shop By Michael Cruz

“Chop Shop” is a Film Directed by Ramin Bahrani. About a 12 year old boy by the name of Ale, who struggles to live in a rough part of Queens, New York. I really enjoyed this film, it really shows how a city like New York Can help you grow and Mature at such a young age. Ale who is about 12 years old in the film,  a young boy who we are left to believe that he is abandoned by his parents and works many odd jobs to put some food in his stomach. We mostly see Ale work in the “Chop Shop” area of Queens where he sells cheap car parts and cleans other peoples cars. Ale does not go to school, he just works urlhis but off from early in the morning till closing time at a friends car shop, in which also where Ale sleeps and stays. Which is already a quality that is unsual for a normal 12 year old boy. We later meet his sister Izzy, who comes to live with Ale. This is also another Trait we see in Ale that He’s more of a Man than a 12 year old boy. Though Izzy is Much older than he is, Ale provides income and always checks up on her to make sure that Izzy is alway safe. Usually a brother and sister relationship at that age would as end up in them bickering (in which they do from time to time). But in this film we also see how naive Ale is do to his young age. Ale and Izzy save up enough money to buy a food truck so they can take out on to the road and make a living off of. After saving $4,500.00, we find out that the truck is unusable and that it would cost around $10,000.00 to fix. AlChopShopStill3e could not give the truck back due to signing papers and not checking everything in the truck before actually buying. As a result of this Ale tries to find quicker ways to get money by stealing a woman’s person out on the street. Till’ he realizes that it isn’t the right thing to do. At the end of this film it seems like we are left to believe that Izzy and Ale are gonna have to start from square one all over again. This film is an accurate depiction of people who live in poverty in a big city like New York. You either work as hard as you can or end up falling in the wrong scenario with some bad consequences.


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