Love Come Down

on September 09, 2000 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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   Two half-brothers--Neville, an aspiring black stand-up comedian trying to shake a drug habit ("Menace II Society's" Larenz Tate), and Matthew (Martin Cummins), an angry white boxer--try to mend fences when Neville gets out of prison. But their troubled past--they both witnessed the murder of Neville's father--gets in the way.

   Clement Virgo's second feature (after "Rude") is a decided step back from what was one of the most impressive film debuts in Canadian moviemaking. Virgo's ravishing eye--he may be the most poetic of Canadian directors--is still intact, but the film's script is underdeveloped and not very gripping. Most of its themes--the brothers' relationship, the professions they practice--have already been utilized in "Rude," and in Virgo's stunning short, "Save My Lost Nigga Soul." There is some fine acting here--singer Deborah Cox makes a strong impression as Neville's girlfriend--but the tune Virgo plays remains too familiar.    Starring Larenz Tate, Martin Cummins and Deborah Cox. Directed and written by Clement Virgo. Produced by Eric Jordan, Damon D'Oliveira and Clement Virgo. A Unapix release. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 100 min.

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