Vicious Circle (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Carlos (Bradley Gregg) is an aspiring writer who has completed a novel of accomplishment. It describes the turmoil that drives inner city youths to join gangs, and presents what may be a viable solution to the social dilemma. But the publisher, Milo (Mark Gluckman), refuses to print the book, which would be difficult to market, and instead enlists the money-strapped Carlos to write a series of crass, pointlessly violent novels about gang warfare. The phenomenal success of the books gives way to a popular TV series that inspires the very gang violence Carlos abhors. Stricken by the dangerous ugliness he's created, and helpless to stop it, Carlos' conscious confronts him in the guise of the desperate gang members from his novel. They seem to be physically real, and they invade his life until reality blurs, but the danger remains genuine.