<i>Klash</i> is an explosive, sun-drenched, rum-soaked thriller set on the island of Jamaica. Stoney is a photojournalist in Kingston to cover the “Klash,” a high-energy musical concert which features a showdown between the best reggae and dance hall bands. He meets the sultry Blossom (played with great devilishness by Jasmine Guy), a streetwise hustler trying to break free from the clutches of the abusive Mr. Lee, a local gang lord, who is plotting to steal the box office profits from the <i>Klash</i>. Meanwhile, Blossom plans to double-cross Lee and escape with the money.
Director and cinematographer Bill Parker expertly captures the sights and sounds of Jamaica and its people in a restless vérité style as the gripping plot threads between the preparations and performances at an actual Klash. Giancarlo Esposito is the perfect burned-out professional, trying to stay on the wagon while falling victim to his own weaknesses. With its great sound track, solid performances, and suspenseful heist premise, <i>Klash</i> draws you in and keeps you hooked.