Epps has an unrelenting eye for showing his audience just what HP (Hunters Point, as its more often called throughout Straight) is all about, interweaving video ranging from gang war shooting scenes to sidewalk Bible-thumping revivals to tire-burning car sideshows to bare-chested thugs blingin' for the camera. He even reaches back into HP's painful past; this troubled area almost seemed cursed from its start as a black dock workers' development that sunk into depression after the nearby Navy shipyard closed post-WWII - the same shipyard that was so polluted it would eventually be declared a Superfund site and would cause high levels of illness in the community.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.