Menace II Society

1993

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

65
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 93%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 44138

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Director

Cast

Samuel L. Jackson as Tat Lawson
James Stewart as George Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life'
1080p.BLU
1.44 GB
1920*1080
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 37 min
P/S 3 / 43

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bradskyb 1 / 10

This Movie Deserves No Accolades

This movie deserves none of the accolades it got. First off, the authenticity talked about in other reviews about ghetto life is so ridiculous I can't express how ignorant those people are. I grew up poor, so while I'm white, I can relate on some level to a lot of the trials of young black men in movies like Boyz n the Hood. That movie seemed pretty accurate. Those were just normal lower middle class to poor boys caught up in awful circumstances. Their lives resembled the rest of America in a lot of ways, but were punctuated by brief bouts of extreme gang and drug-related violence. That's pretty close to real.

Menace II Society, more like menace to reality. For one, there's no way a neighborhood could get this bad without the National Guard getting called in. I'm not kidding when I say that the level of violence and the frequency with which it is portrayed in this movie would make it worse than a literal war zone.

Another thing about the movie that angered me was the way in which the young men were portrayed. I don't know how the people of Watts felt about this movie when it came out, but if this was about where I grew up and the people I grew up around, I would be deeply insulted by it. I can't imagine a place filled with so many evil and useless people as the ones portrayed in this movie. I was surprised to see that it was directed by black men, because it struck me as racist when I was watching it. I was thinking to myself, "is this what movie goers really think inner city black people are like?" What a joke.

Even more annoying after watching this film was going online and reading all these rave reviews about the "authentic" nature of its portrayal. All by people who have never lived in a poor neighborhood nor spent any time in the ghetto. I've spent some time in some of the most crime ridden places in America and let me tell you, this kind of thing just does not go on the way they show it here. Sure there's elevated violent crime, but just go look at crime statistics for the early 90's in these places. This little group of kids would have exceeded the entire violent crime rate of Watts they did so many bad things in such a short amount of time. Shaking my head at this movie and all the people duped by it.

Reviewed by westen1223 9 / 10

Vastly unequivocal yet breathtaking

Menace II Society portrays urban hood life during the early 1990's perfectly and outstandingly. Unlike Boyz N the Hood, the film gives us an inner perspective on hood violence and the bloody consequences of certain individuals and may I say, they have done it fantastically. The cast members played their role momentously and their performances were exceptional, particularly Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate.

Although the consistent violent scenes, the movie puts realism in several successful ways and that is why this is one of my favourite films of the 1990's. Powerful and poignant.

Reviewed by kosmasp 9 / 10

Gritty and nihilistic answer to Boyz

Back then the Hughes Brothers would never even name Boyz'N'the Hood. Not just because it wasn't their influence, but because people like to compare movies. Especially when it seems like they are similar. And I say seem, because while the surface may suggest that, this is a whole different beast of a movie and a story.

This is way more gritty and no one will tell you that it is a feel good story. But the influence of Scarface and other movies of that kind are apparent. Like a Goodfellas tracking shot and many other things. The brothers may have been very young, but they knew what they wanted ... and they were lucky enough to get (most of?) it! Like the cast, but also the overall finance for the movie ... which brings us back to Boyz ... over the years they themselves came to terms, that their movie probably got green-lit because of the success of Boyz ... and that's not a bad thing.

And while this is down and dirty, like Scarface it's a warning, a tale of things that can and will go wrong. What goes around, comes around ... there's a lot to read into this, but the Hughes Brothers wanted show how things were ... and the influence of the movie was felt. Especially with other movies trying to copy or at least pay homage to Menace ...

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