Some pundits called it a flawed, exploitative action film that glamorized drug dealing and the luxury of a lucrative criminal lifestyle, spawning a trend of films that attracted youth gangs and provoked violence in theaters. Others hailed it as a breakthrough movie that depicted drug dealers as ruthless, corrupt, and evil, leading dead-end lives that no rational youth would want to emulate. However you interpret it, New Jack City is still one of the first and best films of the 1990s to crack open the underworld of cocaine and peer inside with its eyes wide open. It's also the film that established Wesley Snipes as an actor to watch, with enough charisma to bring an insidious quality of seduction to his role as coke-lord Nino Brown, and enough intelligence to portray a character deluded by his own sense of indestructible power. Director Mario Van Peebles stretched his otherwise-limited talent to bring vivid authenticity and urgency to this crime story, and subplots involving a pair of tenacious cops (Ice-T, Judd Nelson) and a recovering coke addict (Chris Rock) provide additional dramatic tension. Although some critics may hesitate to admit it, New Jack City deserves mention in any serious discussion about African American filmmakers and influential films. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
New Jack City is a classic gangster movie and is based on a true story. I highly recommend it for anyone's collection, or just for anyone who likes 90's ganster movies. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2011 by sha
I know some people did not like this movie, but I loved it. The film had me hating some characters and loving others. Ice-T played his role well in this film. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004 by S. M. Anderson
I like the pace at which the story in this movie was told. It's not blazing fast so you pick up on all the little things. The acting from all is done very well. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by J. Williams
Now I don't ignore the fact that at times this a serious and dark
movie with the junkie played by Chris Rock(believable and scary)
and other mentions of crack babys. Read more
If you liked Scarface, you'll probably like this movie too. It gives u a first person perspective of how the crack game works and the consequences of getting involved. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by "sir_tokes_a_lot_420"
This film is one of the best "Scarface remakes" I have seen. the action and the drama kept you on the edge of your seat. It sends out a powerful message at the end. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by Paul
of being angry at weak gang movies, like Belly, and state property, I realy didn't know what to expect when I saw this last year, when my brother brought it over. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by Samario C. Oliver