19 November 2017 | mancinibrown
Not the movie you think it's going to be.
Lowriders has a couple of things working against it right off the bat. First it's a Blumhouse release, which makes one think horror film. Two, the name implies it's a movie about cars, in the vein of The Fast and The Furious franchise. Lowriders is neither of these things.
What the movie is, is a family drama centred on a Mexican-American family in LA. The father owns a car shop, and is prepping to enter into a car competition for low-riding cars. These lowriders are portrayed as part of the culture down there, though I don't know enough to know how true that is.
Daniel, the main character in the movie, is a teen trying to find his way. He's a street artist (graffiti), but gets no recognition. His older brother, Francisco a.k.a Ghost just got out of jail, and recruits Daniel away from the father.
These different tensions are well played out and acted, and it's easy to get invested in the characters. Knowledge of the culture isn't necessary to find the good in the movie.