Abel Ferrara has garnered a reputation over the years for having a sharp eye for being able to artfully portray the darker, grittier side of New York's criminal underworld, and this is a choice example to back that up.
Recently released from Sing Sing, mobster Frank White sets out to rebuild his criminal empire and reinstate himself as the head of the criminal drug trade. Aided by his army of loyal thugs, they set out to eliminate all threats and rivals, namely various Italian and Asian gangsters, as well as a fiercely ruthless team of cops determined to bring them all down. But getting back to the top isn't the only goal. Frank's not just a criminal, he's a socially conscious one, and it is his hope that, once he's back in full power, that he will try to do some good in the world, a la Robin Hood.
Driven by Schoolly D's groundbreaking influential hip-hop soundtrack, this is a stylish, dark, and tremendously violent crime thriller. Christopher Walken leads an all star cast as Frank, and joining him are stellar supporters like Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, and several others, all putting in some nice work.
The camera work is top notch, the city's underside is suitably raw and grim, and this is a pretty memorable piece of work all around. It's not the most polished or original film of its type, but it is quite entertaining, so give it a watch.