Tales From the Hood Reviews
Welcome to My Mortuary (the wraparound story) ***1/2
Rogue Cop Revelation **
Boys Do Get Bruised *
KKK Comeuppance ***
Hard-Core Convert ***1/2
And thus we hear 4 yarns detailing how police brutality and corruption, child abuse, racism, and a desperate need to adhere to the hardcore gangsta lifestyle can all lead some unfortunate souls to an early grave. (And one story hits too close to home for the 3 drug buyers!)
The film is definitely inspired by the film version of "Tales From The Crypt" in it's framework and the TV version in it's spirit and execution. There's some great social commentary here, but you never feel like you're being preached at or clubbed over the head. (No surprise Spike Lee helped produce it.) For fans of horror or hip hop cinema (killer soundtrack, in more ways than one), this is a coffin lid you'll want to pop open.
This film contained four short stories and a main story, similar to like just about every other anthology film. A lot of these usually contain a bunch of medicore short stories. In this case, two of the four were stereotypical black short stories. The first story was pretty good. Second story was better. Third was boring. Fourth almost gives this film a perfect rating, it's modern gang in America take on A Clockwork Orange done in 10 minutes and not quite as torturous. Obviously, the fourth film is a 100% homage to Stanley Kubrick's crazy coming-of-age tale.
The main story is interesting and the ending is just as f'ed as with all short story films. This film was great. Very good.
The entire film shines a very negative light on whites and is basically reverse racism. I have zero respect for any of the white actors involved who contributed to making this film, especially Corbin Bernsen.
Rusty kicked Arse on the script.