Overall Rank: 3523
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 98
Theatrical Release Date: 03/08/1991
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Mario Van Peebles
Actors: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock, Mario Van Peebles, Michael Michele
Plot: A small-time drug dealer, Nino Brown, becomes a kingpin after he sees the future in crack cocaine while two undercover cops try and fail to bring him down again and again. As the violence escalates, the lengths they will go to bring down Brown and his gang go into dangerous territory. -- Chris Kavan
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dukeakasmudge - wrote on 11/21/2011
If you ever want to start your own criminal empire, Learn the do's & dont's of the drug trade & become a drug kingpin then this is 1 movie you'll want to watch.I never realized how good of a movie New Jack City was until I watched it a couple days ago
Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/22/2007
This film puts the war into the war on drugs. Featuring some stellar performances and a great story, New Jack City is dark, yet leaves room for hope. Probably the best Wesley Snipes role - he oozes intelligent evil.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/28/2012
A team of maverick cops investigate when a gangster takes over an entire tenement block in the New York ghetto. Although this film enjoys a good reputation as a hard-hitting, socially conscious representation of life in "the hood", it is actually EXACTLY the kind of testosterone-soaked, cliched crap that Mario Van Peebles has made his bread and butter ever since. Tacking on montages of drug use and a couple of lines about the "drug problem" at the end does NOT a social documentary make. It's really just the same old straight to DVD standard Van Damme/Seagal level tripe with a blaxploitation spin, and features some of the kinds of fashions that have been forgotten with good reason. Not to mention a soundtrack that ignores the era in which some of the best hip hop was made, instead …
The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/01/2008
Two cops (Ice-T and Judd Nelson) are on the hunt for a ruthless drug lord (Wesley Snipes), who is slowly taking over the New York City when he introduces crack cocaine to the city's drug addicted population. They go undercover on their own when the budget for their Task Force is cut for a short period.
This movie has some of the best acting I've seen in a long time. Nelson, Ice-T and especially Snipes are great in their roles. Mario Van Peebles, who also directed "New Jack City", wasn't in the film that much, but his performance is just as good.
Speaking of Peebles -- his direction was just as good as the performances of his cast. He used light and shadow to the movie's advantage quite well. He also used NYC just as well as he used the gritiest locations available to him to help …
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