- 1 hr 35 min
Directed by Preston A. Whitmore II, Crossover is a story about two young black men trying to make it in the world they’ve been handed, a world of poverty and limited possibility. Tech (Anthony Mackie) and Cruise (Wesley Jonathan) are good with their game, and are pulled into the urban underground basketball world in hopes of making a name for themselves, and providing them with the opportunity to do something with their lives. Cruise, a naturally gifted player, has offers of scholarships and opportunities to play basketball but is really more interested in focusing on his education. Tech isn’t so lucky, he is a good player, but does not possess the natural gift that Cruise has nor does he have scholarship opportunities knocking on his door. He is a poor kid from the hood struggling to get his GED, and who, because of his background and circumstance is left with little possibility of ever leaving and making something more of himself. The two hook up with shady streetball promoter Vaughn (played by Wayne Brady), and are plummeted into the underground world of the fast moving game, where your talent is the key to your survival. The underground league has been a mainstay in the urban area for long time, with battles fought out in an underground rail station. The current champions have held the title for a long time running, and now Tech and Cruise think they’re ready to become the new dominators. What follows is the rest of the story about the pair, the struggle to maintain their decency, the challenge before them and their determination to make it out alive. Giving everything they’ve got, for the final game to crown the victors both Tech and Cruise realize that they’ve put everything on the line for the game, and one false move and they may lose everything they’ve fought for.