Shot on an ultra-low budget with inexperienced actors, “Bloody Crisis” offers a twist on the urban gangster tale. Director Gerald K. Barclay contrasts the ghetto lifestyle of ruthless killer Black (Gano Grills) with that of spiritual African Muslims who came to America as free men. Film offers insights on the reasons for urban violence through a wise woman (Adunni Oshupa Tabasi) interviewed by a white student (Jessica Gerlach) writing a paper on the plight of the inner city. A smart alternative to the gangsta pic, film should make some noise on the festival circuit.
A drive-by shooting kills his son (Kofa Malcolm Crates) and sends Black (Grills) to the hospital, where his nurse, Semaji (Kalimi A. Baxter), falls for him. After he’s well, nightmares of his son’s death drive Black to track down Musa (Godfrey Sowah), the man who murdered his son, and kill him. But Black’s nightmares worsen, and he encounters an African spirit (Olatunde Olusei) who makes him face up to his murderous past.