- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Jan
Director John Singleton is no stranger to stories of gangsters and guns. He gave us
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) writes, "Despite believable performances and chemistry, the quartet is wholly unsympathetic (save for Benjamin) and their thuggish eye-for-an-eye tactics have little to do with true justice and undermine the story's emotional core."
Eric Rice (Crosswalk) says, "
"What's missing … is the film's center," says Christopher Lyon (Plugged In). "These guys just don't seem as motivated to avenge their mom's death as they are to wreak havoc for the pure joy of violence. Her murder is the perfect excuse to start hitting and shooting people. I didn't buy that they felt the need to do it for her. They're just having too much fun. Even so, I'm left pondering this question: Is trying to incite audiences to gleeful vicarious revenge a good idea?"
Mainstream critics say it rates as a decent "revenge thriller," but few of them feel strongly about the picture either one way or the other.