thelistislife42’s review published on Letterboxd:
I want to start by saying rest in peace John Singleton. He's a pretty much a legend for his brilliant writing and direction on this film.
Now to the film. In short, I really loved it. It's one of the most compelling, powerful, honest, and emotional ruminations on race, poverty, violence, and life in the hood. I really liked how it lets us get to know the characters and understand their lives, largely meandering through the events of a number of days, before it brings us to one of the most movingly powerful final acts I've ever seen. Other than its unique and nuanced picture of race issues, it's also impressive in its other aspects. As I said, Singleton's direction and writing are really great. There are also a number of really smartly, uniquely, and well-edited and shot sequences, and the performances are all excellent (I was especially a fan of the performances by Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Laurence Fishburne). Like I said, it's a powerful one and an excellent one. John Singleton will be missed and long-remembered. RIP.
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