The story of a young man who must confront his own fears about love as well as his relationships with family and friends. Allen Payne (I) plays Jason, a sales clerk at a T.V. store. He ... See full summary »
Jada Pinkett Smith,
It seems after Boyz N the Hood, most of those "hood" films seem to be borrow and use so much of the film, even though just released a year after wards, South Central is one of the better ones despite having a strong feel of deja vu. I'll admit I'm not a big fan of the genre mainly because of it's heavy use of cliché and stereotypes but at least in South Central there aren't that much "N" words frequently used.
Bobby is a "duece" rolling with his gang-bangers some of which are more experienced and superior, one is Ray-Ray who is a drug lord. With the endless cycle of drugs and violence in Los Anegeles there is never a way out and after being busted a by female cop him and his friend Loco (now a "shermhead") are in prison. His infant son Jimmy is raised up by his crackhead girlfriend and it seems he is going for a more worser path than Bobby. On the right note there is good acting and alright performances but unfortunately South Central is flawed, there are a few heavy examples. The first half of the film is a bit slow and doesn't kick in right away. Direction by Steven Anderson is plain and not very visualizing, the production values are very weak and low budgeted and it even hints and borrows from Boyz from the inspired jazz music credit opening to the guy who wears the Tre shirt. Other superior Black films like Clockers and Dead Presidents have better film making and visuals. However South Central isn't going to be a classic but it's message and story making put aside it's weaknesses and it's the step in the right direction for young film makers.
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