The greatest ghetto movie ever... it just might be this one.
It's like a modern day Bonnie & Clyde, with an ending like The Shawshank Redemption, and a plot device that shines even though it might be - like most movies of the type - somewhat stereotypical.
Feels like that first job is lost and forgotten all too quickly too, and whatever happened to cops maybe patrolling outside a parking building even after a suspect's clearly driven in and spent some time there? Like maybe they left something, person or no?
Never mind the details though. Tyrese Gibbons puts on the best performance I've ever seen him do here, and Meagan Good too.
I mean her name is Megan Good. She good too.
Didn't realize how good this was the first time I watched this, back when it came out. I didn't even realize The Game played the big bad wolf! He's convincing. And Larenz Tate has a minor but well-played role too, as an ironically not very lucky sidekick and story progressor.
The shaky cam's a bit much sometimes, but that first chase (Bad Boy vibes) and the final one... god damn. Got me in tears. I don't think I felt as much or the same way at all about this the first time around...
It's not perfection, but it's a roller coaster of both emotions and events that doesn't ever leave you hanging, but doesn't stress you out either. Well-balanced and weighted with both heart and violence - not to mention full of social satire (is that the right word?) and suitable contrast.
Still great. Hope people don't forget this.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle