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3 Strikes

review by Justin Meyers


Rated R

Starring Brian Hooks, David Alan Grier

Studio: MGM

Written and Directed by D.J. Pooh


Retail Price: 24.90

Features: Theatrical Trailer, Music Videos

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Full Frame, 5.1 Dolby Digital English, English Captions, Spanish Captions, French Captions, Chapter Search

It's the most hilarious manhunt the 'hood has ever seen when a 2-time ex-con tries to outrun and outwit the LAPD before they throw him back in jail - for good! Brian Hooks plays a character that is just released from jail. The state adopts a "3 strikes" rule for felons that involve serious penalties. Hooks has 2 strikes, and wants to change his life for the better. When a friend picks him up, they are pulled over, and his friend shoots at police officers, and Hooks escapes. Now Hooks, a wanted man, must clear his name of having nothing to do with the shooting.

f you like hysterical raunchy films, 3 Strikes is for you. It takes a funny look at one of the laws of California. If you are convicted of any 3 crimes, you could be sent away to hard prison for 25 to life. While I missed it when it was in the theaters. I was glad to see it on DVD. When I saw the trailer before it came out back in February, I told myself I wanted to see it. Then I pretty much forgot about it, until now. I wasn't expecting any masterpiece but I was expecting to laugh, and laugh I did! On some of the scenes I was almost on the ground laughing so hard.

David Alan Grier hands down stole the show. It was all of his scenes that were the funniest. He made the perfect bad cop and you waited for what he would do next. Come to think of it, all the supporting actors gave a great performance. Faizon Love, George Wallace, Dean Norris, and E40 were all perfect. This movie is made from the supporting cast. The way they all had their own back-story was perfect, but the end for them was a let down.

3 Strikes was written and directed by D.J. Pooh who co-wrote 'Friday' and is going to co-write 'Friday After Next'. I believe he is very talented at his filmmaking, and will continue to make African-American films a success. While talking about the supporting cast and the writer I forgot to mention the star, Brian Hooks. He is a very good actor with potential to go on to better things. I thought he was great in this movie.

The picture of 3 Strikes is just average. It is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and standard 1.33:1. I noticed a little grain and pixelation in some of the early scenes. The color saturation and flesh tones are good though. The picture is very clear and natural looking. There was some artifact is some key scenes, but nothing too bad. This presentation could have been way better but I think it is good enough for this title.

The audio though is perfect. It has a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, which is excellent. It is subtle but you do here it perfectly. The surround is used quite a bit, especially in the chase scenes and in the gunfights. The dialogue is perfect and the music really incorporates the film. For a movie of this caliber, it is a great soundtrack.

The extras department on 3 Strikes is a little short. There is a great theatrical trailer that actually made me want to watch the movie. There are 3 music videos that I liked and watched numerous times. The videos are from Da Howg featuring lil' Zane, Kam and Solo, and last and my favorite Choclair. For a new movie there should be more extras, but we do with what we have.

While this movie is no Academy Award® winner, I promise you will have a good time watching it. It has some funny situations and that's about it. You will enjoy it for what it is, nothing but a raunchy film with sex, car chases, and bad cops. I recommend at least renting it, you can't go wrong there.

(2.5/5, NOT included in final score)




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