FRESH sounds like another slice of low-life, a study of an intelligent but fatally disadvantaged ghetto child's inexorable descent into criminality. But if the situations are (at first) familiar, the characters aren't; they may look like the same old junkies and dealers and whores and
gangsters, but first-time director Boaz Yakin invests all of them--particularly Fresh (Sean Nelson)--with a subtle, complex life that's both painful and exhilarating.
On the mean streets of New York City, 12-year-old Fresh works as a courier for Esteban (Giancarlo Esposito), a drug dealer who functions as a surrogate father. His real father (Samuel L. Jackson), unemployed and embi...