City of Vultures (2015)
Inside of an impoverished community in Chicago, Illinois, an ex-convicted felon, “Marcus Julian” returns from prison after eight years incarcerated. A product of a failed family structure, Marcus, like so many others in his community, functioned under a “street-code” of savagery. The “Gangster Disciples” governed the territories, and as a former outstanding member he lived in ongoing regret of the mob-related acts that led him to prison.
Marcus Carothers wrote, directed, produced, and starred as Marcus Carothers in what is meant to look like an autobiographical film. (I have no idea what is fact or fiction.) Marcus spent 7 1/2 years in prison and gets out on parole where he finds it hard to stay straight even with the help of God. He gets encouragement from his dad, junkie mom, prostitute girlfriend and gay hair dresser.The film also looks at his gang/ former gang who run "Vulture City." Acting could have gone up a notch. Carothers was supposed to be a poet, but we heard very little of it. (Not that I like poetry or anything.) Film is most meaningful to those who most likely won't see it.Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Brief butt nudity.