Discs Are Rated
review by Justin Meyers
Starring Brian Hooks, David Alan Grier
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
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