Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Christmas, 1983. A New York postal clerk, a Buffalo Soldier in Italy in World War II, shoots a stranger. In his apartment, police find a valuable Italian marble head, missing since the war. Flashbacks tell the story of four Black soldiers who cross Tuscany's Serchio River, dodging German and friendly fire. With a shell-shocked boy in tow, they reach the village of Colognora. Orders via radio tell them to capture a German soldier for questioning about a counteroffensive. In the village, a beautiful woman, partisans that include a traitor and a local legend, the boy, and the story of a recent massacre connect to the postal worker's anguish forty years later. And the miracle? Written by
I saw the previews for this movie and knew I had to see it. But, when I got to the video store, they only had 2 copies of it, which is usually a sign that the movie wasn't good enough to warrant purchasing more copies. But, the folks at the store have been wrong before, so I took a chance on it. I have to say, this was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Yes, Spike Lee was trying to make some statements, but he usually is. The question is, was the movie any good, despite those statements. I definitely thought so. The acting was top notch, the action was good, the story was fantastic, and the characters were really well developed. I'm surprised and shocked that this movie scored as low as it did. I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to write a quick review, which I rarely do. I'm not a huge Spike Lee fan, but this was just a great film, especially if you like character development, and a good story. If you spend your entire time watching this film, trying to dissect the messages in it, you'll simply miss the good parts of the film.
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