Strike, 19, is a small-time street drug dealer for Rodney Little, who wants Strike to kill a former dealer who stole from him. When the man turns up dead, Strike is suspected. But before homicide detective Rocco Klein has a chance to investigate, Strike’s brother, Victor, confesses to the crime.
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DIE, JAIL or LEAVE. Losing dilemma in which the black community of neighborhoods in NYC finds itself, faced with drug trafficking & lack of education. Generous & worked. Graphic & theatrical, therefore less spontaneous == LA PRISON ou PARTIR. Dilemme perdant où se trouve la communauté noire des quartiers à NYC, face au trafic de drogue & au manque d'éducation. Généreux & travaillé. Graphique & théatral, peu spontané.
Disjointed. It displays Lee's impressive use of colour and his skill within the confines of pop-art, but his histrionic use of music & the excessive gimmickry end up creating an inconsistent, and sometimes simply silly, film.
I am catching up w/ CLOCKERS belatedly, curious having just read Price's novel. Seeing a movie right after reading the book is almost never going to serve the movie well. This is a case in point. Spike's cinema is at its best and worst a kind of pop art cinema in which everything is heightened and performance is pitched broad. Not always easy to criticize the garishness and silliness. They speak to something genuine.
don't mess with Harvey Keitel! your typical drug dealers vs. drug dealers vs. cops vs. drug dealers symbiosis drama, but it's a Spike Lee Joint & so it is tinged with tuff-sentimentality & showmanship. I was touched by M. Phifer's love of trains: he's a gypsy, like me, as well as the Moby Dick themed fast-food joint. to make it even more atmospheric, I'm writing this "review" from my McDonald's in Bed-Stuy.
At the beginning i had problems understanding the slang but thanks to subtitles i somehow managed to get the plot. Gives a nice impression of the gangsta life in the projects (new word I learned) and how important good education is for kids future and perception of life. Nice also to see the good sides every human being has, even if they are murderer or drug lords. I also love the fucking grain of the film. :)