Set in the fictional New Jersey metropolis of Hudson, three intricately interwoven tales involving real estate, robbery, and racial tension comprise a complex study of crime, corruption, and political machinery.
Ron BlachmanReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn't get into it, worn out, hackneyed dialog and script, out of date.
I barely made it to 25 minutes in. This is just out of date. The stereotypes of the era in film were overwhelming and the quick-cut multiple characte lines are just too old-hat. Skip it unless you're a film student. Sayles got better.
This is one of Sayles best films. The movie achieves the impossible. It tackles complex social issues revolving around race and class, in a way that entertains, Provokes thought and most of all makes you smile. I'm in it so I'm a little bit biased, but I really enjoyed this picture.
Betty B.Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Complicated story of cheating people.
This is a messy story of interlocked people, almost all of whom are doing illegal things. I'm a Vincent Spano fan, and I thought his performance was very true to the character, especially during the last scene with his father.
I chose "Very good" because I didn't love the movie.
Billy FieldReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Truth of The Spirit
John Sayles makes movies out of the truth of his heart, following his bliss, as Joseph Campbell said. This is one of them. Sayles has the creative courage to follow his own instincts rather than what some might think are the dictates of the market.
IlirD.Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm not sure how I missed this one. Many 90s films dealing 'social issues' have wained; not relevant. I'm shocked how much of the dialogue and story still hold-up. Thankfully it is on Prime. It seizes the moment where many middle-class neighborhoods became more racially mixed. The inevitable fight takes place: old and new ways.
The corrupt politicians are more in line with how they actually maneuver deals; squash problems with underhanded deals and so forth. It's a raw cut of power in the City. From to to bottom. Ruined reputations, conforming to new 'social norms'; dealing with the past; race relations, sibling rivalry. A lot is covered here -- with more maturity and without any music from Public Enemy.
Some of the acting is a bit hammed up e.g., NOI character. One of the reviewers compared it to The Wire; there are many similarities. Just, long before The Wire. I highly recommend the film. If you can get your hands on it.