An impressive first feature from the 21-year-old twin brother directing team of Albert and Allen Hughes, MENACE II SOCIETY is a gritty, uncompromising take on life in the Watts section of Los Angeles. MENACE chronicles the short, hopeless life of Caine (Tyrin Turner), a small-time drug
dealer with a vague, barely articulated desire to escape his surroundings. The son of a dealer (Samuel L. Jackson) and an addict, both now dead, Tyrin's hope of escape is thwarted by a culture in which macho one-upmanship, combined with a liberal supply of guns, makes life little more than a cycle
of revenge killings.
Although MENACE has invited comparisons to BOYZ N THE HOOD, i...