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August 2, 2017
Fantastic updated, urban film noir. A total classic in its genre, even if the ending is a bit of a letdown. Tupac makes his explosive and charismatic screen debut with this despicable character.
July 24, 2017
A strong 90's thriller that is both suspenseful and engaging with how it showcases hood life and the decisions made that ultimately not only seal your fate but the fate of others. Performances are strong, especially from Shakur who showcases great range. The film faulted in its final act with horror type tropes that unfortunately age this a little too much.
July 21, 2017
Tupac may over shadow him, but Omar Epps busts on to the scene with authority. It may have not been his first role but I'm sure it's the one his agents pointed to when selling him for roles in his early career. Juice with Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society gave birth the honest portrayals of growing up in the hood. Black kids from the projects finally had a voice and these movies showed the world that there was a world of violence going on in their backyards and sometimes good kids get mixed up in fucked up situations where a gun seems the only way out. 3 out 4 fit this description. The 4th, he's a little dangerous. Bishop, played by Tupac Shakur in his first starring role, is a powder keg that WANTS to explode. Early in flick, it shows a softer side of Bishop that indicates, he's not all bad. But compared to him, the rest of the "Wrecking Crew" are perfect little angels. There is a reason Pac overshadows Epps... he's mesmerizing. He is such a natural in front of the camera that not only was the world robbed of his music, poetry and forward thinking, we were also robbed of what could've been a multiple award winning actor. The man loved Shakespeare. Shakes was as big influence on him as any rapper or musician. Can you imagine Tupac as Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater?! It would've happened. And it would've been glorious. I only wish Dickerson let us get to know the "Crew" a little better. Juice is a magnificent movie, not quite as powerful as Boyz or shocking as Menace but certainly deserves to in their groundbreaking company.
July 13, 2017
Tupac's first and probably best film.
April 9, 2017
A movie about how your friends can really destroy your life. One of the better black gangster movies of the 90's. I love how the story starts with Tupac being a charismatic cut up but then he turns into a deadly thug. Very scary.
½ February 7, 2017
Juice

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.
July 17, 2016
7.36 on 10

You get the ground beneath your feet, partner, get the wind behind your back and go out in a blaze if you got to!
½ July 1, 2016
Excellent acting; Less than convincing storyline. Tupac gets his crew in on a robbery then sets about trying to murder everybody. Crazy. Something about standing up by going bad.
April 4, 2016
tupac did amazing job in this film
February 28, 2016
Literally one of my most favorite films from my high school days... I would heavily recommend seeing this at least once.
January 22, 2016
Well done performances as power, and strength consume these young men who are growing up on the streets, and one begins to have the street juice turning from a young man not in control of the crime in there neighborhood as they begin to become the crime including a crazy performance by Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps while being stylistically shot by Ernest R. Dickerson and being pretty well written by Gerard Brown, Ernest R. Dickerson making this a well executed streets film.
½ November 8, 2015
This movie is awesome Tupac is one Hell of an actor
August 24, 2015
i thought it was a pretty good tupac movie
July 25, 2015
the greatest film of the early 90s black crime films. a gem by first time director. Ernest Dickerson. a must see for fans of crime films
½ July 19, 2015
to me this was like Menace to Society meets Boyz in the hood but all it really lacked was a direction like they never really do anything in this movie
½ May 8, 2015
The best part of the movie is the charm in the first half. The second half descends into craziness too quickly and it doesn't feel real. Tupac is a bit too giddy in the first half, but he plays a good nutter in the second half.
½ April 6, 2015
As solid a movie as their was in '92....story,acting and direction are just some of this great tapestry.
April 2, 2015
4friends skip school alot
½ March 25, 2015
'Juice' will clench you from the beginning, and hold tight until the dramatic end. Epps and the late Shakur shine in this gang-induced thriller. It's a captivating movie, and the culminating scenes are some of the best you'll see in the genre.
½ March 8, 2015
On a journey of self-destruction, Juice is a riveting film about life in the inner city and how corrupting of a lifestyle it can be if you hang around the wrong people. Unfortunately for many, anybody they hang around is a bad choice to associate with, as is the case in Juice. Featuring good direction from Ernest Dickerson and good performances from Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins, and Khalil Kain, Juice is an authentic and sobering portrayal of life for those living in poor conditions. Always engrossing, this one really makes you feel as though you are in the same situation as the characters and really makes you feel attached to them in its short hour and a half run time. Overall, Juice is yet another hood drama that does a very good job making you feel the pain and suffering of those caught up in the hood.
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