A frustratingly not-terrible action thriller.
And a lot of American movies, too. "Big Shots" is a modern urban retread of "Huckleberry Finn," except that the black character plays both Huck and Jim, the white kid is Tom Sawyer and the Mississippi River has been turned into an interstate highway. The result is more entertaining than you might think.
The movie begins with a father going fishing with his teenage son (Ricky Busker) and telling him some of the facts of life. Within a few days, the father is dead, and in grief his son gets on his bicycle and peddles off blindly from the Chicago suburb where he lives. He eventually ends up on Chicago's South Side, where he is mugged by some tough teenagers. Then he makes a friend.
The friend is named Scam (Darius McCrary) and he also is without a father. He's the Huck Finn type. He is able to live in a motel by conning the owner into believing his father is arriving any day to pay the bills. He knows all the characters on the street and lives by his wits. He's tough and smart, but inside he's still a vulnerable little boy. The two kids from such completely different backgrounds become friends, and then they get involved in a series of capers.