I watched the movie Clockers for the first time, and I gotta say, that movie was intense! For those who don’t know, it’s a Spike Lee joint and as usual, he tackles heavy, controversial topics such as drugs, violence & racism. The plot goes as follows — young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard and dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them. The movie mainly focuses on Ronald ‘Strike’ Dunham (Mekhi Phifer), a lactose-intolerant, street-level drug dealer, who becomes entangled in a murder investigation.
Now I won’t go into all the gritty details and give you the whole movie summary, but I will say that this movie had me hanging on the edge of my seat. To me, it is a powerful film and I appreciate Spike’s message for the movie. In my opinion, the film had a realness about it that many other films have failed to duplicate. And for this to be Mekhi Phifer’s debut film role, I thought he delivered well. I will say though that the level of racism in this movie is extremely high, but it just goes back to the realness of that era. I definitely give this movie a thumbs-up.