Menace II Society (1993)
USA / English
"This is the truth. This is what's real.
"A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.
Intense and Graphic to the core
The first ten minutes of one of the most graphically violent films of
1993,the urban drama from the debut directors Allen and Albert Hughes'
"Menace II Society" begins with a teenaged boy named Caine(Tyrin
Turner)watches as his friend and gangbanger O-Dog(Larenz
Tate)coldblooded with no remorse what so ever gunned down a innocent
Korean couple who runs a Liquor Shop in Watts,a suburban part of South
Central Los Angeles,California. Unlike his friend O-Dog,Caine Lawson
wants to leave his way of life,but he can't see a way out of a gang
lifestyle that may either have him send to prison or be killed. Fellow
gang member Sharif(Vonte Sweet)is the son of a teacher,Mr.
Butler(Charles S. Dutton),who lets Caine know that education is one way
out. Another gang member Stacy(Ryan Williams),receives a scholarship to
play football at the University of Kansas,and he asks Caine to go with
him. And Caine's girlfriend,Ronnie(Jada Pinkett-Smith),tries to
persuade Caine to moved to Atlanta with her. Despite these
possibilities,Caine has been worn down by a life filled with guns and
drugs,violence and death. Unsurprisingly,he's fatalistic about his
life,if he ever has a chance to HAVE a future,but if he wants to make a
change in his life is one way out of a hellish world of the ghetto.
The directorial debut of Albert and Allen Hughes,who are twins were
only 21 years of age when they made this film. However,the film was a
huge success and became a winner in so many ways making their equally
compelling follow-up film,1995's "Dead Presidents",again starring
Larenz Tate,who became a superstar in his feature film debut in "Menace
II Society" and from here gives one of the most shockingly electrifying
performances ever displayed in a motion picture. His character of O-Dog
was just that....menacing to the point and extremely raw. This movie
may audiences squirm in their seats when they went to see this film,due
to the huge amount of disturbing images of realistic
bloodletting,explicitly graphic content and strong intense violence,and
the raging sound of its raw persuasive language which also included
scenes of nudity and sexual situations. What makes "Menace II Society"
so intense was its deep understanding of each and every character,more
than justifies their take-no-prisoners approach to film-making. This
was gives the film its sheer intensity that penetrates that insight
into the comptemporary society,and this film delivers.
WARNING: The last five to ten minutes of the film is very graphic,and
its not for the faint of heart,and when this film came out in
1993,audiences looked at this as one hellva bloodbath!
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