This incredible doc follows Pug, a young boy in a shitty Baltimore neighborhood who is trying his hardest to join a local dirt bike gang called… The 12 O’Clock Boys.
Director Lotfy Nathan does a fantastic job just capturing everything as it is and letting the pieces fall where they may. It’s unbiased in its aim and allows the viewer to ride along with the boys and see what their life is all about. Whether or not you agree with them, it’s still worth the trip.
Construction-wise, this piece hits a lot of sweet cinematic notes and elevates the documentary genre a little higher than normal. I gotta say, there’s not much I can think of to rag on.. maybe it could have focused on some of the other members a little more. Then again, maybe it didn’t need to.
Most insane moment: Watching a 12yo get tattooed on camera, that’s a first.