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 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 his 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. Ale 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.
“Chop Shop” is about a hard coming of age. Ale’s dream is that he and his sister will buy a taco truck and go into business on their own. He saves every dollar. She won’t have to work in Ahmad’s truck anymore. In a heartbreaking scene, Ale glimpses how she has started to augment her income. He never directly confronts her. He works harder to make money, to buy her things, to make money less necessary to her. He is a brother, but also in a sense, a husband. He wants to take responsibility.
I Feel like women’s roles in television has changed drastically over in recent years. A great example of this is Lena Dunham’s “Girls”. In Girls it is almost as if the roles are reversed between the Male and Female gender. Meaning, the Females in this show are the more dominate gender than the males. Which is very refreshing. A majority of shows or sitcoms women are always used as a mistress or a house wife.The same can be said about “Orange Is The New Black”. Which is about a woman by the name of Piper who is this very preppy type of person, has to spend a year in an all woman prison. Her we see another Dominance in the female gender where they too can be just as tough and/or arrogant as males from any other TV show. An Example of this is the character “Nicky”, she knows the ins and outs of the prison and also has this somewhat of a threatening presences. Which just shows that she can defend herself very easily.
“The Visitor” a film directed by Thomas McCarthy. About a Man named Walter who is going through an on-going depression after the loss of his wife. It is unclear as to how his wife died. However, When asked to do a speech in New York City Walter goes back to his apartment that he owns in the area and finds a couple who had been living illegally Walter’s apartment. A couple by the name of Tarek and his wife Zainab. Troughout the film we see Walter’s depression take a real toll on him. Which is why I think he Lets the couple stay in his apartment. As a way to be with someone because it looks like some type of company with Walter makes him happy. We also find out that Walter takes a interest in playing an African drum. I feel like this is Pivotal to the film, it shows that music can be an escape for all the bad things that can happen in a persons life. An example of this is when Tarek show’s Walter how to play the drum properly, later on in the film Tarek gets arrested for “not paying the subway toll” (when he actually did). We find out that Tarek is an Illegal immigrant, and even though at the end of this film Walter was never able to get Tarek back he uses the drum as a way of an escape from not being able to succeeded to get him Tarek back.
Chop Shop was a very interesting movie. It definitely showed another side of reality for some people that are going through struggles the way Alejandro and Isamar struggled. With no parents around they did what they could to make a living. Isamar becoming a prostitute and Alejandro hustling and stealing any way that he can. It was definitely sad to watch. But I found it crazy and interesting that even though Ale was younger than Isamar, he seemed to be the one that was more mature and older in how he was so focused in making money and living better. Isamar was more about hanging with her friends and having fun. Ale was only 12 years old and was trying to make a living any way he could. Helping at the car shops, selling candy, stealing and hustling. Nothing stopped him, and he was very careful with his money. He made sure to save whatever he made. He was a very smart and intelligent kid even though he never finished school. I do with they gave more of a background story of what happened to their parents and why they were living the way did. There were a lot of questions that I had throughout the movie. I wish they showed more of their history as well as whether or not they get out of the struggle.