If war broke out in the United States after Texas seceded from the union, where do you think the great battles of Civil War II would be taking place? If you guessed Bushwick—not Bed-Stuy, not Williamsburg, not Brownsville, but very specifically Bushwick—then you would be correct! Well, maybe not correct, but you would be the ideal audience for the new feature film Bushwick, which takes this exact premise and runs with it like a man on fire running through an eerily abandoned subway station.
The official trailer for the film has everything: Guardian of the Galaxy’s charming Dave Bautista, the factual description of Bushwick as "a neighborhood in Brooklyn," Ilana's roommate Jaimé from Broad City (using his real voice!), someone using a flare to close a wound, Orthodox Jews utilizing guns and molotov cocktails, a white lead character helping to lead her ethnically-diverse neighbors in the fight for survival, and a cop acting like he was hit with a bat a split second before said bat hit him over the head.
Here's the official description of the movie:
The film tells the story of twenty-year-old Lucy (Brittany Snow), who emerges from a Brooklyn subway to find that her neighborhood is under attack by black-clad military soldiers. An ex-Marine corpsman, Stupe (Dave Bautista), reluctantly helps her fight for survival through civil war, as Texas attempts to secede from the United States of America.
According to a press release about the film, directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (who made the 2014 horror-comedy Cooties) largely used long shots in creating the film, influenced by "iconic films as Children of Men and Gravity." In case this film was sounding like too much of a fun B movie, it also has modern political relevance or whatever:
"Our fictional storyboards looked eerily similar to the scenes we saw on the news from the Paris attacks - contemporary storefronts and cafes smoking and destroyed as snipers hid on rooftops," notes Cary & Jon. "When we finished the long process of post-production, we again watched as the United States became even more politically, economically and racially divided because of the 2016 Presidential election."
The film will be in theaters and VOD on August 25th. I'll be happy if it can satisfactorily answer the question "why would unruly Texans attack Bushwick if they seceded from the country," but I will be truly impressed if the whole movie turns out to be hinged on an elaborate argument about neighborhood borders.