A mid-period, mid-quality Spike Lee joint.
After the fury of Do The Right Thing, and the overt politics of his weighty Malcolm X biopic, Clockers seems minor league: the story of a Brooklyn murder and two brothers, one straight-living (Isaiah Washington) and the other involved with gangs (Mekhi Phifer), who fall under suspicion.
It touches on recurring Lee themes with an urgency only he can muster – life in the projects, the seductive ease of crime and the trials of honest living.
But shifting between tones and story threads, it never matches DTRT’s simmering build to righteous eruption.
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