2.5. I almost wanted to give it a 3 for some well meaning anti-racist, anti-cop messaging, but as a whole I don't think it really is offering much in the way of coherent insight. Just a sort of vague notion of a crumbling society. It's also a movie where much less should have happened. The point is to show how aimless they are but it's too afraid of boring the audience to really portray that well.
Partly it's one of those movies about marginalization that rich people find profound. It suffers from a sort of romanticization of masculine angst, but it's beautifully filmed and offers great performances in an enthralling narrative. (Its director has since proved himself almost entirely uninteresting.)
Suprisingly few cigarettes for a french film. But seriously; there's a lot of ambition but the skill isn't quite there to completely realise it. The story and characters are exellent though, a story about classism and racism in a Paris suburb. When society doesn't give us community, we create it ourselves, no matter how destructive.