What looks like another run of the mill rapper driven action flick, turns out to be a solid film, with some thought provoking dialogue and above average action sequences. The movie rolls on at a relatively deliberate pace in the beginning with a narrative telling a significant part of the back story.
Narratives in movies can really be hit or miss depending on the nature that they are told and their substance and relationship to the plot. With this film running just a hair over 80 minutes, the narrative enhances plot points and also serves as a background informational case study on characters introduced in the movie. The narrative never really interferes with the pace movie, and doesn't detract from any of the action sequences.
The action in this movie is primarily gunplay; however, Malik's character is adept in martial arts and has a particularly intense battle with one of the thugs towards the end of the film. Andre "Chyna" McCoy did some of the action stunt sequences and as usual his moves were fluid and concentrated.
The movie's tone is decisively urban with several of the jokes and innuendo being directed specifically towards a young black male audience. Most of the lead actors and actresses are black with the main crime boss being white. This leads to further racial stereotyping. What makes this movie palatable for a typical white guy to watch is the two simple facts that there are copious amounts of humor thrown in and the story is rather entertaining.
To add spice to the story Malik's character is a hit man with second thoughts about his final job. As his boss has asked him to either kill his (the bosses) girlfriend or wait for his call and leave her alive. He soon realizes that he has to make a choice, as he has feelings for this girl. Also Malik befriends a government agent, who is working the case, to bring down the antagonist, and she provides some interesting sub-plot matter.
The acting in this movie is one aspect which was a bit wooden. It seems like the facial expressions and the emotions which this movie was trying to portray were not fully executed. This is only a minor gripe, as most of the actors in this movie including Treach have limited experience.
Overall this is a very good film with a surprise twist at the end. The camera work and lighting is appropriate depending on the specific scene. There is no nudity in this film, which is refreshing, in the sense that flesh doesn't have to sell the story. Without nudity there is no wasted time, and the flow of the story maintains an even, somewhat relaxed pace. It is obvious that director Kantz and Ben Ramsey are ready to handle movies with larger budgets and more polished actors.