Rainer's Review of La Haine
Stylish, violent yet sophisticated
La Haine has what most American Ghetto movies are lacking - some thoughful philosophy apart from notorious wisecracking.
Actually I shouldn't have to explain much why it's worth watching - only two names: Kassovitz and Cassel. Cassel's performance is the next reason why I like him so much. The character of Hubert is more interesting and multifaceted though.
The choice of themes doesn't surprise: disaffection of the lower class that leads towards violence and even riots, the lack of respect for the world and its guardians that never shows them respect. Without much future it's easy gambling with death and prison.