Watch: Menace II Society 1993 123movies, Full Movie Online – This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA..
Plot: A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.
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This is what is!
I saw this film the weekend it opened. At the time I was 33, a white male living in NYC. When I went to the theater, I noticed that most of the audience was Black and in their late teens. For some reason, they felt that this was a good “date” movie. When the movie began, and the Korean Grocery scene was presented, the audience went wild with comments like “Yeah, Yeah, Kill them!!”. I must say I got a little nervous. But, as the movie progressed, I got absorbed in it. I liked Cane and I even liked O’Dog. When the movie ended, I started crying. I was embarassed. Then I noticed that the Black teenage guys around me were crying too. I applaud the Hughes Brothers for making a movie that is able to connect with so many people. I still cry while watching it on video. “Do you care if you live or die?”
Great acting, choice of narration and directing.
The film starts off with the murders at a convenience story, and introduces the voice-over narration of the story. I find that this voice-over does wonders at making the audience sympathize with Caine’s character. He was born into this society, and therefore is not to blame for his actions and choices. Though his character is not as unpredictably violent like O-Dog, and is somewhat mild. He doesn’t carry a gun, and his demeanour isn’t that menacing. The voice-over helps to gain some insight into his thoughts and is thus more humanized.
Tyrin Turner does a great job portraying his character. As a young boy on the edge of adulthood and just out of high school, Caine has no direction in life, and even has trouble answering whether he cares if he lives or dies. The many close-ups show his confusion at times and at others, his indifference to violence, implying his slow immersion into becoming like O-Dog. O-Dog is represented as a bit of a psychopath with no remorse or conscience for life. It takes little to set him off and Tate does a fantastic job of portraying this terrifying character.
This film is well made and the directing shows it. The Hughes Brothers perfectly place juxtapositions of scenes together for maximum impact. The flashback comes in the beginning and establishes Caine’s back story while creating sympathy for him. The composition of shots too are done nicely, and complements the way the characters tend to travel in groups.
There is a lot of violence in this though, and it serves to show a realistic representation but can be very brutal. As mentioned before, it takes very little to upset O-Dog and turn him loose. The swearing is also very apparent and not one sentence goes by without them. Sometimes whole conversations go by with just cursing.
Overall a very powerful representation of ghetto society, where importance is on staying together and protecting one’s own. Masculinity is also obviously a very big issue as they constantly try to assert themselves through aggression and cursing.
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Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Writer Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes, Tyger Williams
Actors Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 535
Laboratory Film House, Toronto, Canada (prints), FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,666 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2021 remaster), Dolby Vision, Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm