New Jack City (1991)

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New Jack City: Directed by Mario Van Peebles. With Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock. A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

“20 years after his father, Melvin Van Peebles, had made a revolutionary film called Sweet Sweetbacku0026#39;s Badasssss Song, Mario Van Peebles would direct something of a classic himself with New Jack City. He plays the superior officer of a detective played by rapper Ice-T who we find out has personal reasons for wanting the drug dealer Nino Brown, played by Wesley Snipes, dead. Assisting him is partner Judd Nelson and a former user played by Chris Rock before he joined the cast of u0026quot;Saturday Night Liveu0026quot;. While Rock is better known as a comedian, he gives a fine dramatic performance here. Of course, itu0026#39;s Snipes who gets the lionu0026#39;s share of the acting highlights especially when his characteru0026#39;s on trial. While it seems initially the drug lifestyle is glamorous here, it does show eventually that crime doesnu0026#39;t pay. So on that note, New Jack City gets a high recommendation from me. P.S. While I managed to watch this on YouTube, some parts were missing so I checked the Italian upload on the site to watch what I missed and I managed to understand what was going on despite the Italian dubbing.”


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