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Would have made a great series which would provide the opportunity to flesh out more the story and characters. Acting was terrific.
Nice "romantic" gangster movie. The romance is not showing the proper degree crime affect communities.
If you liked HBO's "The Wire", you'll love this. No sugar coating, no pandering, just a nice wholesome slice of some grade A certified reality.
Love this movie by Spike Lee. He did a great job of putting through in this film of the different communities and tension of Hunters point, Chinatown and the Mission of San Francisco.
Nice lil gritty urban drama...
A very good but also underrated movie.
another solid movie from spike lee
Great movie thats defiantly underrated
I didn't realize until after the fact that this was supposed to be a pilot to a passed-on Showtime series, which makes a long of sense, because as is, the story's incomplete. Still, there's a lot to like here, even if it can't break away from The Wire's brilliance and scale. Clearly, out of the three protagonists, Ken Leung gets the short shift, though he's probably the most interesting character. Curious to see where a series could've gone. A different note in the Spike Lee oeuvre, recognizable only by Lee's penchant for being overdramatic.
Originally shot as an extended pilot for a Showtime TV series (113 minute running time), it was instead released at the Toronto Film Festival in 2004 as its own movie when production on the series never began (a similar fate shared by the bastardized TV series turned direct- to-video movie, Cruel Intentions 2.)
Given his past history of having such difficulty ending his films, one would think that the ongoing narrative of a television series would fit Spike Lee like a glove (Iâll resist the urge to work in an O.J. joke here). However, as displayed with the debacle of Sucker Free City, this is not the case. With what could best be described as âcommunity college theatre meets Crash as a TV series set in gangland New York featuring the only semi-believable performance from that Chinese/ porcupine guy from X-Men 3,â (okay, maybe not âbest described asâ) âSucker Freeâ has its fair share of problems. From an overabundance of Leeâs distracting double dolly shots to the embarrassing Wayneâs World product placement of his fictitious sports drink, âDa Bomb,â (Similarly, Kevin Smith uses âNails Cigarettes,â a comparison I neglected to put in my paper) Lee incorporates plenty of his âtrademarksâ but âSucker Freeâ lacks a personal voice on the account of the director not having penned it himself. Personally, I miss the writer/ director Spike Lee, before he became a commercial sellout (same with Robert Zemeckis, Martin Scorsese and a host of other once prolific talents who have reduced themselves to mere directors). When helming someone elseâs script, Lee can incorporate as many of his âtrademarksâ as he wants to, but that doesnât make it a âSpike Lee Joint.â I would much rather prefer a muddled, personal âwritten and directed byâ School Daze than a polished, impersonal âdirected byâ 25th Hour.