Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 17968


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Spike Lee as Chucky
Harvey Keitel as Det. Rocco Klein
Keith David as André the Giant
John Turturro as Det. Larry Mazilli
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by robert-macc 10 / 10

One movie that gets the origin of "bro" right

Spike Lee is an example of one we need more of in Hollywood. He is a smart director. Let me start with direct pluses before I get into the juice of this movie. In one scene, where cops are interrogating the clockers in the beginning, the origin of "bro" is gotten right. A Norman (since "Thump" comes from Middle English which is Norman) named Thumper says "bro" in a rather warm way to Strike, and it's not saying it's the same as "brotha." Cause one of the cops who does say "brotha" is saying it in a derisive tone, while holding a suspect's chin very brutally. Yup "bro" is Italian slang according to this. Kudos to all three for getting it right :D Important, because we get to see the reaction by the black people (not many whites in this movie as, except for Klein who never says the word at all).

Now, the important stuff. This movie is hard-hitting. It tells of the life of clockers (drug dealers who deal in the housing projects in Brooklyn). But most importantly there is a tone of misery and in some cases, suicide. You can really feel the hopelessness of some in this movie (Rodney for instance tells Strike, "Maybe you won't have to take it much longer," which shows he'll put him out of his misery or at least that's how it's implied). It's so hopeless, it makes me wanna cry. But Strike is a symbol of hope in the midst of a hopeless environment. And so is his bro, Victor. I'm a Rivera by the way :D. If you want something happy, skip this one. But if you can handle the hopelessness of this movie, give it a try. It's a good movie. However less dreary than most movies of this genre such as "Fresh" which is more darker. This movie is a human drama about the lives of young blacks and Hispanics (cause one of the drug dealers is Hispanic, and a "bro"-sayer :D ) who deal drugs because they have no fathers. It's a thoughtful story and Spike really put his time into it. Some moments will make you laugh (like the opening scene -- a funny argument about "rappers who are hard"); some will make you jump (it's something to do with Rodney and Strike) and the last 20 minutes will make you cry (including the credits). This was a tour-de-force. Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese are true masters of cinema. But believe me this is more depressing than "GoodFellas."

Reviewed by Predrag 8 / 10

"You are sellin' your own people death!"

I think this is one of Spike Lee's best films - it deftly balances a compelling murder mystery with a wider portrait of the people, both innocent and less so, whose lives are warped by their community's decay in ways both obvious and subtle. The movie juggles a cast of a round dozen characters seemingly effortlessly, and with enough skill and density that you feel like you know them far better than their actual screen time would warrant. The cast is first-rate, the acting is excellent, the direction keeps the story moving at an exciting clip, and the music is a perfect balance of hip-hop beats with a more traditional score.

Clockers keeps your attention with remarkable shots of the projects, excellent background music that rarely interferes with your ability to hear what's being spoken, and convincing acting that portrays the projects and the problem of drug crime exactly they way they exist in real life. Indeed, the film opens with actual photos of persons who were gunned down in drug wars along with murals on walls hoping that the departed rest in peace. Moreover, Clockers is not for children; nor is this film for the squeamish. There's a good deal of violence and blood; but the realism raises Clockers up to a five star high level of motion picture. Clockers also provides us with excellent social commentary about the remarkably harsh and brutal world of drug dealing.

Overall rating: 8 out of 10.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

Good but somewhat unreal

Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is a street pusher or clocker working for drug-lord Rodney Little (Delroy Lindo). He drinks chocolate Moo and suffers from an ulcer. Rodney tells him that fast food worker Darryl Adams is dealing from behind the counter and needs to be taken care of by him. He has trouble doing it and tries to get his brother Victor Dunham (Isaiah Washington) to do it by telling him that Darryl beats his girlfriend. Then Darryl turns up dead. Homicide detectives Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) and Larry Mazilli (John Turturro) investigate. Victor confesses to killing in self defense. Rocco doesn't buy it but Larry would rather close the case.

The movie is pretty good with great actors doing good work. Spike Lee is doing a drug movie but he is doing it his way. There is an unrealism to it. His cameos only add to it. This is more of a crime murder mystery than a gritty drug movie. The Spike Lee style, the dialog, and even Strike constant need for chocolate milk seems design to make this somewhat surreal. It is the main reason that this is pretty good rather than really good. It's not really surrealistic but it's also not gritty enough to be the scary real drug movie.

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