This masterpiece was directed by the late great Ernest R Dickerson. Director of the film, Tales of the Crypt and cinematographer of films School Daze, Krush Groove, Malcolm X, The Brother From Another Planet, among other films. His work behind the camera of some of my favorite films is staggering, to say the least. And I have the utmost love and respect for cinematographers. They are the people that capture the magic we love watching.
Whodini said it best when they asked “Friends, how many of us have them”? Four friends Bishop, Q, Huggy, and Raheem are young, dumb, but ambitious. Their surroundings only appear to offer them a few avenues to improve their lives. As they already engage in petty crime. A bigger plot is hatched. One that changes the course of their friendship and lives.
The film is a study on the impact of poverty, crime, peer pressure, the devaluation of human life and what happens when you pick the wrong person the befriend. Ernest also co-wrote this script and it feels as though it will always be relevant in our society. As long as we value money, our own and other people’s well being over the things that seem to really matter in life. This story will be timeless. If you can’t relate to any of the characters in the film I would be shocked. The group of friends is the perfect depiction of motives in our world.
The isn’t a discussion so I won’t get blabbing on. If you have not seen the film. It is a must-see.
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