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Pointless glorification of violence and murder
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2019
Pointless glorification of violence and murder and complete exploitation film with no redeeming qualities. What made Scarface a good film was the evolution of the Tony Montana character and how his obsession and drive utterly destroyed him, even after he had achieved the entire world. How his character become more empty the more he had was a poignant statement in the film, and ultimately serves as a warning. Shottas fancies itself a poor man's Jamaican Scarface, but it lacks all the character and depth of the movie it aspires to be. When your motivation is money and power and you aren't afraid to kill anyone who gets in your way, and you aren't particularly clever about it, the result is a rather boring bloodbath where everyone dies in the end. And all of this assumes you can even understand the film. Praised for using Jamaican Patois dialect with no subtitles, the entire film will sound like baby talk nonsense to the Western ear. Unless you are fluent in Patois, you wont really understand what is being said. I still don't know what a "bloodclot" is but it is used as every 3rd word for most of the film. Clinging to a slave culture, to violence, and to ignorance should not be celebrated as this film tries to do.