You know how the token black dude always gets killed first in action movies? In this movie directed by a black dude, the token Asian dude gets killed in the first 10 minutes. See, who says there's no progress?
Shot with such an intense kinetic energy that the acting and action can't possibly keep up with the stylistic momentum. There is an all-time great Wesley Snipes performance and an all-time terrible Ice-T performance and really strange pacing. Amazing set design and costuming makes it impossible to look away though. Also, So hilariously homoerotic - "I wanna shoot you so bad my dick's hard!"
Wesley Snipes does one of his most distinct roles as a street gangster with too much coke up his nose and a huge fondness for mayhem and women. It kick started the career of Chris Rock and the film is still one of his best appearances. Mario van Peebles directs an okay film but is himself weak as the heroic cop that is not even introduced before a fifth of the movie has been played out.