LOUDER THAN A BOMB
By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, Louder Than a Bomb follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam.
Louder than a Bomb is an unfortunately named very good documentary about kids in Chicago who go to a poetry slam. I actually know what a poetry slam was which is sort of cool. It’s when kids get together and they read poetry and it’s a competition like a spelling bee or like American Idol or anything else except this is poetry, God bless them. This follows four kids, one is what’s viewed as the rock star of the place, his name is Adam. There’s Nova who’s a very angry young Indian woman who helps raise a special need brother named Cody. Then there’s two other kids that you follow and I guess the sub-plot is that a school with very poor inner city kids has entered for the first time and won the year before. So they’re now trying to prove that it wasn’t just a fluke and you follow the kids and the poetry. What you come away with is the reality: these kids are incredibly talented. So this is some really great documentary and something the kids should see as a way of turning anger and frustration or life experience into something meaningful that other people relate to. It’s not only the kids are great, it’s that they relate to each other so well. So I give it four and a half stars.