Strong and convincing acting, especially from the two leads, and a gritty representation of gang related crime in 90s Harlem. Does get a little repetitive/predictable, nevertheless it's still worth watching. The soundtrack perfectly matches the vibe of this film. Interesting portrayal of Harlem too.
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Would have received 5 stars if not for the questionable violence in the last act, which slightly marred my impression of one of the main characters. I could see why this was included, but it could have been avoided, as it ultimately paints the working class in a similar light to the upper class. Other than that, a solid and engaging movie with good pacing and nice character arcs. The music and the lighting were great too. The music nicely captured, and accentuated the movie's atmosphere.