3 September 2020 | trinaboice
So much rough language limits the audience who will enjoy this powerful film
IN A NUTSHELL:
Set in New Orleans during the infamous Hurricane Katrina, this film features four friends from the poor 9th Ward who are desperate enough to get involved with a local gang and dangerous heist. Gee, what could go wrong? Directed by the de facto Wu Tang Clan leader RZA, the movie is raw, dark, and tells a compelling crime story with drama and action. This is NOT a movie that will appeal to a lot of people, simply because of the immense profanity and rough environment.
TIPS FOR PARENTS:
This is NOT a movie for kids.
Terrible profanity, including zillions of F-bombs and the "N" word
Some skin during a honeymoon scene
The movie starts with graphic-novel images of violence with blood splatters
You see the rear end of a man when he pulls his pants down
Violence with guns and hand-to-hand combat, murder
Several scenes in a strip club with views of scantily-clad strippers and topless women
A woman flips the bird.
Blame vs. responsibility
Don't wait for the government to save you. Save yourself.
Be careful who you spend your time with because you become like them.
People do desperate things in desperate times.
Corruption (society, corporations, and individuals)
Choices and their consequences
THINGS I LIKED:
The talented cast includes Shameik Moore, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Denzel Whitaker, Keean Johnson, and Eiza Gonzalez. But wait! There's more! There are some impressive cameo performances by Ethan Hawke, Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, Isaiah Washington, Kat Graham, Lil Chuuch, Joel David Moore, and Rob Morgan.
I liked the use of the graphic novel to illustrate the world that the protagonist lives in.
THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:
I felt like I just walked through the swampy gutters of New Orleans after watching this foul-mouthed film. It was exhausting but powerful.
Some bad editing.
Some of the accents were bad and inconsistent.
There is an interesting juxtaposition of religion and crime. For example, several men pray before they commit crimes and murder.
The protagonist had a college education and artistic talent, yet he chose to commit crimes, claiming he wasn't given equal opportunities.
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