Straight From Tha Bottom (2016)

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Straight From Tha Bottom (2016), Set in the gritty streets of Baltimore, the movie tells the story of a young street dealer who gets to the top in the drug game, only to realize that everything has its price, and in his case, it’s deadly price.

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Actor: Durrell Overby, Dwayne Hurt

Director: N/A

Country: United States

Duration: 83 min

Quality: SD

Release: 2016

IMDb: 7.6

A misunderstood youth from the streets of Puerto Rico must choose between musical superstardom and underworld notoriety after falling for a beautiful uptown girl whose positive influence causes him to seriously consider giving up a life of crime. Edgar Dinero (Daddy Yankee) was balancing thug life with greater ambitions when he first met the girl of his dreams. In order to prevent the girl from slipping through his fingers, Dinero does his best to prevent her from discovering his true ties to the violent barrio underworld. By day, Dinero slips into the recording studio with dreams of becoming a big reggaeton star, and by night be takes to the streets to defend his turf from the most violent criminals in the city. One day, Dinero realizes he finally has the opportunity to leave his life of crime behind. Will he ever convince the corrupt cops that he’s changed his ways, and will his brothers on the street find the courage to forgive him for abandoning them during their darkest hour? Now, as Dinero attempts to choose between perishing as the prince of the underworld or thriving as the king of reggaeton, he must open his ears to the beat of the barrio in order to discover his true fate. (IMDb)

Critical reception:

The film had positive reviews in Puerto Rico. On Rotten Tomatoes, Talento de Barrio has received negative reviews, garnering 0% approval. V.A. Musetto of New York Post said in his review for the film: “Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee holds his own in his big-screen acting debut, Talento de Barrio. Too bad he’s saddled with a generic script, based loosely on his own life”. Monika Fabian of Time Out New York said: “Just as reggaetón is a fusion of hip-hop, reggae and traditional Puerto Rican rhythms, Talento de Barrio is also a mixture, albeit a woefully derivative one, of 8 Mile, Menace II Society and Carlito’s Way”. (Wikipedia)