Crafty commodities-traders cross paths with ghetto gangstas in “Krews,” but vivid characters never burst out of the cultural mix. Rather, after a grabber of an opening action sequence, Joshua Leibner’s screenplay and Hilbert Hakim’s direction are tripped up by unlikely dramatic developments, or developments that virtually defy understanding. Brian Geraghty’s solid lead performance will boost marketability, though the best bets are DVD and cable for this long night of crime.
Henry (Geraghty) lands in Los Angeles from Krakow, but once partner Peter (Jonathan Cake) learns Henry’s done some ill-timed rubles trading, Peter blows a gasket. The two are promptly carjacked by gang thugs Slate (Ty Hodges) and Wishbone (Sam Jones III), leading to an early, wild chain of havoc, two dead cops and a badly wounded Peter. Severe dramaturgical problems emerge once the guys are in Tamara’s (Faune Chambers) home, ruled though not owned by obnoxious gang leader Rebob (Charles Malik Whitfield). Long midsection feels like a play adaptation, while twists and plot points never quite pass the smell test. Robert Benavides’ beautiful widescreen lensing is pic’s top achievement.