matt lynch’s review published on Letterboxd:
"The same people that taught us virtue are the very ones who've enslaved us, baby."
A terrific thriller firmly in blaxploitation territory. It'd be enough if this was just about a conflicted undercover cop as an analog for a community complicit in its destruction at the hands of a corrupt and racist establishment. But it's so much smarter than that. As the plot snowballs it picks up ideas about minorities excluded from economic opportunity and narcotraffic being a test pattern for today's globalized capital. Even the drug dealers complain that the CIA is trying to cut them out of the market. Power just moves up the chain, even suffocating governments, and eventually we all do it to ourselves.