A fine critique of the lower echelons of modern 21st century American society, and the actualities of the gangsta lifestyle. Personally I would say that the highlights of the film are to be found in the scene in which Majestik expounds the rules of the ghetto code, an episode almost disturbing for its acuity in the portrayal of the problems which underlie black criminal subculture in many American cities. Additionally the 'in medias res' approach adopted for the opening of the film hurtles us into a narrative which does not fail to lose its momentum right up to the crescendo of the final showdown between Majestik and Fifty. Finally, the Shawshank-esque redemption in incarceration, with its overtones of the life of Malcolm X and the connotations this has for the story of Fifty as a whole, was in my opinion intelligently and sensitively handled, where in other similar films something has certainly been left wanting.
A veritable tour de force; a thoroughly worthwhile purchase.
Right on Fiddy.