September 30, 2012
Great Movie but Feeds Stereotypes
First and foremost, let me say that I REALLY enjoyed this film. The action was great. The storyline was great. It kept me interested the entire time. However, one lone critical observation is that this film stereotypes minorities to the point where it's almost comical. From watching the film, you would think that every Black and Hispanic in South Central is in a gang, hooked on dope, an illegal alien, or both! WOW, HOLLYWOOD! Although I'm not from Los Angles, I think it safe to presume that not every Hispanic or Black in L.A. is in a street gang. Furthermore, this movie portrays the LAPD as the most pious of organizations which CLEARLY is not the case. But again, and if you can get past all the hollywood stereotypes, this is still a great movie. I just wish Hollywood would do a better job at managing cultural bias and misperceptions. To those who are ignorant and uninformed, this movie will only serve to cement all the preposterous notions that they already believe.
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