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Fifth Ward (1998)

 -  2006 (France)
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An African-American male in the ghettos of Houston struggles with opportunities to enter a life of crime including a chance to kill the man who killed his brother.

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An African-American male in the ghettos of Houston struggles with opportunities to enter a life of crime including a chance to kill the man who killed his brother.

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Rated R for violence, language, drug content and some sexuality
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13 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

...old same old. This story sheds no new light on what has become a tired genre. It's a shame because there's so many stories to tell about inner city life and African-American relationships, but the writer/director of this movie had no imagination and chose to preach the obvious.

The look of the movie is muddy at times because of its low budget. The acting at times good, but most of these unknowns were out of their reach with emotional scenes that felt forced.

Like most movies in the modern ghetto genre, it steals from other films, like Pulp Fiction and Menace 2 Society. The use of "voice over" has become the standard for ghetto movies, because the director feels the need to explain everything to the audience instead of doing the work visually.

When will a director with vision come along and capture African-American life as it is today, without preaching, and pandering to the audience for sympathy for a movie that is poorly made and without any goal other than getting your hard earned cash. Buy this video at your own risk, it's better to catch it on cable.


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