This movie started off so slow for me. I was a little concerned, but once again, I'm on a spree to see every single movie that Mos Def was in, so I hoped that he knew what he was doing when he picked this role. I shook my head when he started speaking in a Nigerian accent. That cat loves to speak in any accent but his own Brooklyn drawl, and even better, he does it so well. I wonder how people from South Africa would judge his accent because I thought it was on point (from my inexperienced viewpoint). Anyway, the movie is basically about five main characters who are trying to turn their lives around, but in every possible way, destiny is toying with their future as a drug deal goes on. The only character who seems to know how things will end is a psychic dude who is about as cool as he wants to be just from sitting in a chair. Every single person in this movie was perfect for their roles, and I love that they actually went to South Africa instead of setting up scenes. The grittiness, the temperature, the darkness, and even the extras could not have been any more authentic. This is the perk of going to the land where the film should be set. I love that the director picked out people who'd never acted in their lives because it gave new people a chance to act, and boy, did they do a great job. Of course Mos did not disappoint me, and I really enjoyed his character throughout the film. I was tickled by the bookkeeper/accounting debater, as well as the conversation at the desk between father and son. Although I initially had distaste for the bad guys, the film laced their actions together so then I was confused about who REALLY was the bad guys. I closed my eyes during the dog scene--I didn't want to see the result of that at all, and I could've gone without the n-word coming out of one character's mouth, but so be it. That's probably realistic to what a character like him would've said anyway. In all actuality, none of them were really bad guys. They were just people who were acting like human beings who make mistakes. Excellent film!