I loved the nihilism and bleakness of this cursed tale. There are echoes of "Traning Day" (Fuqua's best effort to date - and look what happened to Ethan Hawke), Kitano, and even "Bad Lieutenant" (Ferrara's). Brutal, hopeless, grandiose in its negativity. We're all corrupted. We're all going to die. And we will all burn in hell. I respect and admire Fuqua for his honesty, courage and bravery.