Juice is a 1992 hood thriller that marks the directorial debut of Spike Lee’s cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson (also co-writer). The film’s narrative follows four aimless black teenagers in early 90’s Harlem, and how one act of senseless violence quickly devolves into a horrific nightmare. The film's themes are strong and blatant--violence is perpetuated by readily obtainable weapons, and gives perceived power to the powerless. That power is the ‘Juice’. It's unfortunate that the film meanders around a silly D.J. plot and relies on a cartoonish evil villain to propel the film.
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