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New Jack City

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mario Van Peebles found a great criminal in Wesley Snipes!

    I first saw this in 1993 and was totally blown away by the directing, cinematography, script and acting and so I was really looking forward to seeing it again after an absence of almost thirteen years. But after seeing this a second time I could scarcely believe I was watching a film I had remembered very well. In 1994 I would have given this film 5 out of 5 but instead I’ve given it a 4 due to its frail ending. New Jack City (1991) is an interesting movie that aims to please. This film marks the first time Mario Van Peebles directed a theatrical released film (that his father helped co-write) and he co-stars in the film as well. The movie follows a small time hood Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) who builds up a vast criminal empire by flooding the streets with crack cocaine. Ice-T and Judd Nelson co-stars as well as two unorthodox cops who want to lock up Nino Brown. Allen Payne (Gee Money) and Mario van Peebles himself (Stone) has also giving some approved performances in here. The acting is not the strongest part of this film but to me, three men made this film worthy of attention which is Wesley, Ice-T, and Rock. Chris Rock is unforgettable in this movie and he shines in his role as the "crack-head" Pookie. He has so many one-liners that are hysterical. The real winner is truly Wesley Snipes, who plays a role we don't usually identify with him, and does so with considerable spirit. He is utterly believable the scene where he describes first killing someone while high on drugs scared the crap out of me - this is not someone I want as a friend! - Which happens to be a central theme of this film. There are flaws in it to be sure, primarily of continuity - there are moments for which we are unprepared, and loose ends that don't get tied. The "Cash Money" drug cartel never gets its act together as a criminal organization - which may be the point, but in which case this needs greater exploration on the street level - without soldiers, you have no army, a lesson the Mafia could still teach the younger gangs. But taken all-in-all, "New Jack City" is a tough crime thriller, well-presented, with a great cast at their strongest. Despite it flaws, it holds a lot of strong and impressive moments which makes this worth a watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Well Written Classic

    The writer for this film was a journalist from Harlem, New York in the 1980's, when crack first hit the scene, so he had a first hand look of what it did to his neighborhoods. The is Wesley Snipes best performance ever, (other that Sugar Hill),and Chris Rock is brilliant. Allen Payne plays Gee money with perfection,The sexy Tracy Camilla Johns Burns up the screen and the whole cast is strong.It will be a classic forever. PART 2 PLEASE!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Crime Film

    If you like 'Scarface' and 'King of New York' then you'll like this. Nino Brown is a modern day Tony Montana. There are so many characters it's hard to pick my favorite. The cops(Judd Nelson and Ice-T), Pookie the crackhead(a serious Chris Rock), Nino Brown(Wesley Snipes), and all of Brown's crew. This film is dazzling and the acting is good. It's filled with action, excitement, drama, and revenge. Plus there's alot of memorable quotes. This is a great film, though I wouldn't say it's on the same level as 'Scarface'. Check it out.

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    Posted January 29, 2010

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