3 Ā½ Out of 5 Stars
Four inner city friends get caught up in a robbery gone wrong while in the pursuit of "juice", a term used for street credit and power.
Stripped down to its bare essence, Juice is a heist gone wring film. The difference here is that itā??s layered social commentary that still can be considered relevant twenty five years later. This film has a fairly large cult following and its easy to see why. Its gritty, atmospheric and shockingly real at times while delivering a strong entertaining narrative.
Juice really does a good job at portraying the survival struggles of urban black youth adrift. Most of the scenes early on make a point to feature the crowded school halls or city streets. The nameless masses looking for the same thing and the rival groups who are willing to take whatever means neccesary to get ahead. It really makes you feel like these friends have banded together not just out companionships but for the necessity of survival, an element of there bond that comes into play later on.
The real pride of this movie though is Epps and Shakur on screen chemistry. They both play opposite ends of the same spectrum. Shakur does a phenomenal job as the antagonist as its almost chilling watching his increasingly selfish choices escalate.
I recommend this film, thereā??s a lot of good going for it and while it may not be as poignant or as polished as other films in the genre, it stands well on its own as a gripping thriller. The third and fourth act does gets a bit off track thematically in my opinion, but its a minor qualm.
You get the ground beneath your feet, partner, get the wind behind your back and go out in a blaze if you got to!