Feel the Noise
After a run-in with local thugs, aspiring Harlem rapper Rob (Omarion Grandberry) flees to a place and father (Giancarlo Esposito) he never knew, and finds his salvation in Reggaeton, a spicy blend of hip-hop, reggae and Latin beats. Puerto Rico, the spiritual home of Reggaeton, inspires Rob and his half-brother Javi (Victor Rasuk) to pursue their dream of becoming Reggaeton stars. Together with a dancer named C.C., they learn what it means to stay true to themselves and each other, while overcoming obstacles in love, greed and pride, all culminating in an explosive performance at New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.
This is the follow-your-dreams story of a young rapper from New York who, after stealing wheel covers and rims from a notorious gangster, flees to live with the father he never knew in Puerto Rico. However, he teams up with his stepbrother to create a new fusion of hip hop and Puerto Rican flavor, and soon they attract the attention of a major record producer. While the theme of be-true-to-yourself and follow your dreams are present, you never get the feeling that the characters have truly overcome major hardships or ever really made it in the record industry.
This film was not Dove Family-Approved. There was a scene where an unmarried couple has sex, as well as suggestive dancing and revealing clothing throughout the movie. Most of the music is in Spanish but the little music in English does contain an astonishing amount of swearing. It is subtly revealed that the main character was placed on probation for his crime but there is little feeling on his part that what he did was wrong; rather, he feels that he did what he needed to do. There was also a discussion of taking justice into your own hands rather than reporting crimes to the police. This film could easily have been an inspirational story but instead has fallen into the traps of sex, language, and violence.