Bomb City

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Bomb City
Bomb City poster.jpg
Directed byJameson Brooks
Produced by
Written by
Music by
CinematographyJake Wilganowski
Edited by
  • Jameson Brooks
Distributed byGravitas Ventures[1]
Release date
  • March 31, 2017 (2017-03-31) (Dallas International Film Festival)
  • February 9, 2018 (2018-02-09) (Hollywood premiere)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$59,329[2]

Bomb City is a 2017 American crime film directed by Jameson Brooks and co-written by Jameson Brooks and Sheldon R. Chick. The film is based on the death of Brian Deneke, the homicide that revealed the cultural clash between the local jocks and the punk community in Amarillo, Texas, and the result from the subsequent court case sparked debate over injustice in the American judicial system. The title of the film is a reference to one of the nicknames of the town of Amarillo for their nuclear weapon facilities.[3]


Brian is a teenager from Amarillo, Texas, who is into punk music and the subculture. In this conservative town, there are many teenagers who actively follow punk and they routinely clashed with the jocks from one of the local high school’s football team. The two groups end up fighting in a parking lot one night, ending with someone's death.[4]



The film was the first feature film directed by Jameson Brooks. Brooks wrote the script with fellow Amarillo native, Sheldon Chick, and Chick produced the film with Major Dodge.[3][8] The scenes from the film were shot in Dallas, Amarillo, Rockwall, and Denton, Texas. The cinematography was done by Jake Wilganowski.[3]


Bomb City was initially screened at Dallas International Film Festival in early 2017. The film was then screened again on 23 January 2018 at Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo.[8] After the screening, the film then received limited release to 17 cities.[1]

Home media[edit]

The film was released digitally on February 9, 2018, and is also available through video-on-demand. The DVD and Blu-Ray released on April 12, 2018.[3]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 9/10.[9] On Metacritic, which assigns normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bomb City". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
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  3. ^ a b c d Darling, Cary (February 1, 2018). "Anarchy in Amarillo: 'Bomb City' revisits the punks vs. jocks feud". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c White, Danielle (February 9, 2018). "Bomb City". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Leydon, Joe (February 8, 2018). "Film Review: 'Bomb City'". Variety. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Alioto, Daisy (December 13, 2017). "What the Killing of a Punk in Texas Says About America". VICE. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  7. ^ DeFore, John (February 8, 2018). "Film Review: 'Bomb City'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Savlov, Marc (February 9, 2018). "Bomb City Retells the Tensions Behind the Killing of a Texas Punk". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Bomb City (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bomb City Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 2, 2018.

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