What an incredible opening scene, that tracking shot is just a technical work of art and an effective gateway into the world film. After that I was left a little confused at points and detached from the plot and emotional investment in the characters. Orson Welles and Charlton Heston both give memorable performances but I think this film would really benefit from rewatch once I'm more familiar with the plot and character motivations.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of my all time favourite films and probably my favourite Spike Lee joint. The actions of serial killer Sam Berkowitz, provide the backdrop to the story as we follow the lives of several characters in a neighbourhood in New York. The tense and dangerous atmosphere expertly created by Spike, really comes through and puts into context some of the actions of some of the characters, I.e paranoia, doubt and anger.
The performances are also fantastic, especially from Adrian Brody…
Not watched this for about 15 years, so thought it due a re-watch and I thoroughly enjoyed it! One of the main aspects that came through for me was the authenticity of how real the action scenes felt. When the set pieces were occurring the action felt gritty and rough, I guess this was due to the old fashioned way of making movies (No CGI!).