La Haine ★★★★★

La Haine, which translates to "hate", is one of the most powerful and affecting films ever made. It's a modern masterpiece of emotion, bringing the viewer on a ride of images and sounds that enhance the incredible characters brought to the screen. It's criminally under-seen, which is a sad thing to think about. La Haine deserves every ounce of praise and adoration.

The Awesome: The characters, the writing, the cinematography, the direction, the acting, the opening, the way it tackles the issues of modern society, the conclusion, the DJ sequence, the rooftop scene. I could go on all day about this wonderful masterwork of cinema. La Haine is ultimately about violence, and how these three main characters weave in and around violence in their daily life. A powerful subject is only a great as its execution, and La Haine tells its story with grace and simplicity.

The Terrible: Really? There's something wrong with La Haine? Nahhh....

Overall, La Haine is a film that will sear into your mind, your heart, and your soul. It's essential viewing, and if you are a fan of Scorsese or Tarantino, shame on you for not seeing it already.

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