Set It Off. F. Gary Gray. 1996. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Main takeaway: to escape "the trap" you sacrifice EVERYTHING, or have it taken. Brutal. Nearly every black character ends up full of bullets. Yet... there's a Sympathetic Cop who doesn't want anyone to get hurt? Basically... the "serious" stuff is inconsistent, weird, but sometimes powerful. Lighter moments shine brighter, the realness of hangin' out. The social critique has teeth, just the vessel for it is flawed.