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Not bad. Not bad. Perhaps not worthy of Criterion Collection treatment but entertaining.
It's some of the best writing Mamet has ever done (both on stage and on film), raising all kinds of questions regarding identity, racism, and how society and individuals address both. The film's ambiguous, labyrinthine plot probably hasn't helped raise more cultural awareness or discussion of "Homicide", which is a real shame.
It takes me awhile to get into David Mamet. I've seen several of his films and always feel like I should like them and then somehow don't, with the exception of Glengarry Glen Ross (but that one I only liked after struggling through the play a couple times before it finally clicked). I felt like I came closer on this one than on many of his others, but something still didn't quite click for me. I kept almost liking it, but then the ending was far too abrupt for me - maybe that was part of the point, but it just didn't quite work for me.
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