I've spent some time in some of the most crime ridden places in America and let me tell you, this kind of thing just does not go on the way they show it here. I'm not kidding when I say that the level of violence and the frequency with which it is portrayed in this movie would make it worse than a literal war zone. When lead protagonist Tyrin is trying to deal with his inner conflict, we the audience are treated to standard run of the mill melodrama. All by people who have never lived in a poor neighborhood nor spent any time in the ghetto. The son of both a drug dealer Samuel L.
First off, the authenticity talked about in other reviews about ghetto life is so ridiculous I can't express how ignorant those people are. Nigga Gots No Heart - Spice 1 2. . This little group of kids would have exceeded the entire violent crime rate of Watts they did so many bad things in such a short amount of time. Packin' A Gun - Ant Banks 4. You Been Played - Smooth Listen Listen 9.
I don't know how the people of Watts felt about this movie when it came out, but if this was about where I grew up and the people I grew up around, I would be deeply insulted by it. Another thing about the movie that angered me was the way in which the young men were portrayed. That's pretty close to real. All Over A Ho - Mz. Their lives resembled the rest of America in a lot of ways, but were punctuated by brief bouts of extreme gang and drug-related violence. Easily the most realistic of all the ghetto films made, in fact the film at times feels like we are on a documentary drive around downtown Watts.
The streetwise edginess that the Hughes' began their film with the opening is nigh on horrific has long since gone as they try to make a film that touches all the bases of Black Americana. Unlike Boyz N the Hood, the film gives us an inner perspective on hood violence and the bloody consequences of certain individuals and may I say, they have done it fantastically. Pocket Full Of Stones - U. Stop Lookin' At Me - The Cutthroats 14. Those were just normal lower middle class to poor boys caught up in awful circumstances. Even as love and a chance of a way out arises with Jada Pinkett's terrific pretty Ronnie, it's doubtful if Tyrin will escape from the revolving door of death.
Jackson in a potent appearance and an addict, Tyrin, surrounded by guns and a machismo culture, is tied to his friends and the way of life afforded him. Only The Strong Will Survive - Too Short 6. That movie seemed pretty accurate. Top Of The World - Kenya Gruv 5. The cast members played their role momentously and their performances were exceptional, particularly Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate.
The Hughes Brother's movie charts the hapless life of Caine Tyrin Turner as he seeks to escape the ghetto. Guerillas Ain't Gangstas - Da Lench Mob 8. Ineviatbly comparisons were are drawn with John Singleton's 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood. Unconditional Love - Hi-Five 12. Sure there's elevated violent crime, but just go look at crime statistics for the early 90's in these places.
I was surprised to see that it was directed by black men, because it struck me as racist when I was watching it. I can't imagine a place filled with so many evil and useless people as the ones portrayed in this movie. Shaking my head at this movie and all the people duped by it. Although the consistent violent scenes, the movie puts realism in several successful ways and that is why this is one of my favourite films of the 1990's. Still it's one hell of an experience though.
I grew up poor, so while I'm white, I can relate on some level to a lot of the trials of young black men in movies like Boyz n the Hood. For one, there's no way a neighborhood could get this bad without the National Guard getting called in. . . . . .
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