New Jack City

1991

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

104
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 27479

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Cast

Judd Nelson as Nick Peretti
Wesley Snipes as Nino Brown
Chris Rock as Pookie
Ice-T as Scotty Appleton
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English
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1hr 37 min
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1hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ross622 9 / 10

Wesley Snipes is brilliant

This movie is unlike any other gangster movie that I have ever seen and is arguably one of the best of all time, and it's very hard to believe that this is a directorial debut and it is also one of the best debuts I've ever seen. The movie chronicles the career of a gangster named Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) who is a very ruthless gangster who will do anything necessary to make money even if it's illegal with the help of his trusted cohorts Gee Money (Allen Payne) and Kareem Akbar (Christopher Williams). Brown is also under investigation by detectives Scottie Appleton (Ice-T) and Detective Stone (Mario Van Peebles, who also directed this movie) who also have an informant named Pookie (Chris Rock). It is funny to me but prior to watching this movie I never thought of ever seeing Wesley Snipes as a gangster, and Chris Rock in a dramatic role altogether but in their cases their performances exceeded my own expectations, but Ice-T i'm used to playing as a cop because of his work on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". Everything in this movie is nearly flawless, but there was one minor problem that I had which was that the songs about "New Jack City" go on and on and can get pretty annoying after a while of hearing them but everything else including the Wesley Snipes performance, and the visionary direction of Mario Van Peebles struck the right chords in telling a story set in the suburbs of New York City, telling a pure and realistic message about what drugs can do to people on the streets and how harmful they can be, which is a reason why more people should watch this movie to learn about the harmful effects of drug addiction. This is one of the 10 best and most memorable movies of 1991.

Reviewed by charlesvine-75968 10 / 10

A Timeless Movie !

One of the very best movies ever produced. Wesley Snipes was superb as gangsta Nino Brown as was Alan Payne as G-Money, Nino Brown's side-kick. In fact, the entire movie was wonderfully cast.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the movie delivers an important message...yet at the same time it is riveting and hilarious at the same time. There are many politically incorrect racial and ethic slurs tossed about so the sensitive viewers may want to beware.

Non-stop action that is marvelously delivered by all the actors and actresses. This movie has been described as a sort of Gone With The Wind for the Gangsta population and a break through film for Wesley Snipes.

Reviewed by jimbo-53-186511 4 / 10

"It's never personal it's always business"

Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes)is a drug lord who takes over a city by using the Carter Building to produce and sell crack cocaine. Brown and his gang are making $1,000,000 a week and have almost total control of the city. In order to bring Nino down, streetwise cop Scotty (Ice-T) attempts to infiltrate Nino and his gang by sending in reformed crack addict Pookie (Chris Rock). When this attempt fails, Scotty finds he must go undercover himself in an attempt to bring Nino and his operation down.

Director Mario Van Peebles directs the film with some competency - it has a certain style about it and the look and the feel of the film certainly feel authentic. It's gritty, grimy and brutal which gives a semi satisfying feel to it. Sadly where New Jack City really falls apart is when you take away all the gloss and the polish and look at the bare bones of the product.

The film puts most of its focus on Nino Brown which is fine, but it doesn't afford him much development turning what should be a complex drug-lord into a rather simplistic character.I would have preferred it if Brown was fleshed out a bit and made a bit more interesting which at least would have made the story a bit more involving. Snipes throws himself into the role and his work here is admirable and he is fun to watch, but sometimes he overplays the role making him look like a caricature rather than an actual character or person we can connect with. Rock plays the role of an ex-crack addict in a mix of comedy and drama which doesn't entirely work, but Rock is OK here. Ice T is good here mixing sarcasm and tough-talking to good effect.

Aside from all of the above I also found the story a little weak and it perhaps wouldn't have hurt to explore the general drug-culture and to give Nino's big rivals a little more focus. This not only would have fleshed the story out more, but it probably would have made it a bit more involving. The pace is also a little lethargic and made long stretches of the film a bit boring.

In summary then the film is stylish, gritty and brutal, but the story is rather pedestrian lacking in both focus and depth. It gets its point across in the end (in a final scene that admittedly took me by surprise) and therefore gets an extra star for that alone. New Jack City certainly has its moments, but for me it was weak in far too many areas for it to even achieve a passable score.

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