A stone-cold masterpiece. Manages the difficult task of humanizing its violent, destructive protagonists in the hope of letting us understand, if not sympathize, with their futile youthful rebellion. A dazzling, kinetic style that's married perfectly to it's theme of young, restless anger. But though easy to admire, the film's bleak, harsh perspective makes it hard to love. Deserves much higher but it gets a B+.
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.)