Menace II Society: Deluxe Edition
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The place is Watts, but it could be any urban area blighted by guns and poverty. The person is 18-year-old Caine, but he could be any young man in the 'hood. The movie could only be Menace II Society, the bravura, uncompromising look at Caine's spiral – from missed opportunities to inescapable missteps – into the inner-city cycle of hate and death. The filmmaking duo The Hughes Brothers (Dead Presidents, From Hell) made their feature debut with this urgent instant classic now available in a compelling Extended Director's Cut Deluxe Edition. The actors (including Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate and Jada Pinkett) electrify. The pace sears. And Menace II Society hits with an emotional impact that will leave you stunned. Special Features: • New Featurette: Gangsta Vision: Making Menace II Society • Commentary by Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes, Darin Scott, Ryan Williams, Tyger Willilams, Larenz Tate • Interview with the Hughes Brothers]]>
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Meet Caine Lawson (a brilliant performance from Tyrin Turner). As a boy in the Watts, California hood with his heroin addict mother and murdering drug dealer father Tat (Samuel L. Jackson), was it any wonder that Caine would become drawn to a similar lifestyle? When his parents die, Caine is sent to live with his grandparents. Fresh out of high school, Caine hits the streets as a drug hustler trying to make money for expensive cars to attract the ladies and to take care of Ronnie (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Anthony, the family of his childhood role model Pernell who is in prison. It is a struggling situation between family/role model man, and the lure of the streets for Caine. Despite the preaching from his grandfather, trouble is always around the corner for Caine, especially when he's with his best friend O-Dog (a very convincing performance from (Larenz Tate), who is basically a don't give a f**k ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Besides being involved in a fatal convenience store shooting and being stalked by the police, Caine also struggles to keep himself alive. When his cousin gets killed and he himself gets shot, Caine realizes after talking with Ronnie that he needs to make a fresh start in life before it's too late. Traveling to Atlanta with her and Anthony may be the only thing that would save him.Read more ›
Menace is a good film. The acting is a bit tried at times. Tyrin Turner is a virtually unknown actor with little under his belt. There were also a lot of unknown actors with very little experience. Yet, there were some extremly noteworthy performances. In particular, Larenz Tate, Jada Smith, and...suprisingly....MC Eight. I had a chance to meet Larenz in college a while back and it is almost hilarious how far removed from the character he actually is.
The storyline is extremely moving and graphic. For those living the life it is predictable. For those unaware of the street life it is shocking.
Overall, the entire movie will have you glued to your seat. I give this movie 5 stars because it moving and true to life.
Yes it's violent and yes it can show a side to African American lifestyles that can be sometimes really negative,it's also deep real isssues facing real life people everyday, this movie was way ahead of it times, you can watch this in 2005 and still relate to the situation in the present day, " the more we change and rearrange everything remains the same" I personally think this movie is bold!!!it was really hard to accept, this movie is definitely worth a watch, you can either get the message and learn or you get it all wrong and burn!!!! your choice!!! it's impressionable so i think it's not really for kids, but for young people searching for an identity this may be something you can relate to,,, good luck!!!!! this is a definite must have in my collection laterzzz folks.....
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Gritty, dark, high intensity movie about life in the ghetto.Published 10 days ago by Jesse Deringer
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