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Based on Richard Price's grim best-seller, and directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay co-written with Price, Clockers takes the structure of a police procedural to build a chilling portrait of despair, hope, and the unanswered problem of black-on-black crime in an urban housing project. The film's haunting themes are vividly visualized during the opening credits, which run over police photos of dead young black men, shot and sprawled on sidewalks, in streets, and hanging over fences. Strike
Sep 13, 1995 Wide
Jan 5, 1999
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There is a force and focus in Lee's work, an absence of intellectual posturing and a willingness to let his material speak for itself that he has not achieved before.
The performances are strong, but the spectator often feels adrift in an overly busy intrigue.
A study of the urban dope-dealing culture and its toll on everyone who comes in contact with it, the picture has an insider's feel that is constantly undercut by the filmmaker's impulse to editorialize.
The result is a more sober, mournful and meditative expressionism than you'd expect. That's not to say the film isn't suspenseful, but the director's distaste for the inner city's gun culture is clear to see. Superbly acted.
Helping make these points is as strong a cast as Lee has yet worked with.
Has the strengths of Spike Lee's best work without the preachiness and gimmicky camera moves of his weakest.
Clockers leaves you with a sense of aching sadness, a regretful melancholy for the lives that have been blasted and the wrong decisions that have been made. Once again, Spike Lee has done the right thing.
Lee's film never recaptures the impact of the opening credit sequence, a grimly deglamorized tableaux of real-life crime scenes.
Spike Lee gets a good perfromance from newcomer Phifer as the young crack dealer, but the movie is diffuse, paying too much attention to the urban environment and not enough to the personas and dilemmas of the central characters.
Clockers is messy and didactic, but it's complex in a way that a tidy film can't be.
Sub-par Spike Lee
One of the best films of the 90's....a knockout
Decent urban drama.
A trilha sonora intrusiva acaba cansando, mas o filme se sobressai grašas Ó complexidade de seus personagens.
A too-passive lead character sinks this otherwise interesting film.
Spike Lee brings a signature edge and richness to his film images, but must a filmmaker's distinctive style be so heavy that it interferes with the story itself?
Strong performances are reason enough for the audience to endure 129 minutes of Clockers.
A heartfelt but badly unfocused slice-of-urban life from Spike Lee. Depressingly typical of the director's efforts of late.
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