The film follows the same tired action genre step by step. Ex-con and single dad O2 (Tyrese Gibson) is trying to go straight for the sake of his young son Junior. But when the kid is kidnapped in what seems to be a typical carjacking O2 has to pull out all the stops to get him back. Turns out O2 had some nefarious dealings with a gang overlord named Big Meat (The Game) who likes to hack off people’s body parts with a machete. And now Meat wants some payback taking for ransom the only thing O2 cares about in the entire world [sniffle]. So what’s a guy to do? Pit rival gang leaders against each other hook up with a beautiful street hustler (Meagan Good) rob safety deposit boxes and get caught in an extended car chase that’s what. "It's either all or nothing " realizes O2. Very prophetic. Waist Deep has got some great character names--Meat O2 Coco Lucky Junior. Too bad most of the performances can’t live up to them. Tyrese (Four Brothers) does try his best though as the hunky O2 making a convincing albeit a tad stiff attempt at playing a father who’s whole life is his son. Good (Roll Bounce) gets to wear tight sexy clothes and strut around as Coco O2’s accomplice and eventual love interest as they rob banks Bonnie and Clyde style. Larenz Tate (Crash) plays Lucky O2’s unreliable cousin who actually isn’t lucky at all caught between a rock and hard place. And then there’s Meat played by big-time rapper The Game in his feature debut. With a battered face and covered in tattoos The Game certainly looks like one mean badass wielding a mad machete. Thankfully he doesn’t have to do much more than that. Here’s a few words of advice to would-be actors who want to play effective bad guys: Less is more. It’s movies like these that really give South Central L.A. a bad rep—shoot-outs in the middle of the street in broad daylight the carjacks the depravity the sad stories of little kids getting shot. It’s not exactly a warm and fuzzy place. Of course actor-turned-director/co-writer Vondie Curtis-Hall (best known for his numerous TV guest spots) doesn’t want it to be showing the grit in all its glory and collecting a cast from the area who could lend some credibility to the surroundings. But Hall needs a few more lessons in how to craft a well-thought action movie. The script is hackneyed beyond the usual taking bits not only from Bonnie and Clyde but also Thelma and Louise Boyz N the Hood--and even a little Shawshank Redemption. Hall’s camerawork is also too frenetic at times almost dizzyingly so with unnecessary close ups and choppy sequences. That isn’t to say some of the gun play and car chases aren’t exciting enough. There just seems to be a lack of experience overall.
A two-part Los Angeles Times article about the murder and investigation of rapper Tupac Shakur has more than a few people up in arms, including the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G.
The article, written by Chuck Phillips, follows a yearlong investigation into the fatal 1996 shooting of Shakur in Las Vegas. It claims that Notorious B.I.G., aka Christopher Wallace, purportedly gave a gun to a member of the Southside Crips gang and agreed to pay $1 million to kill Shakur.
It also faults the Las Vegas police for their failure to bring in a special LAPD unit that focuses on gangs and for ignoring other incidents that occurred on the day of the shooting.
Variety reports both Wallace's family and Russell Simmons, chairman of the hip-hop network, issued statements Friday denying the accusations and claiming Wallace was in his home in New Jersey, not in Las Vegas, on the night of the shooting.
Simmons said in the statement, "[the Times article] does more to inflame passions and emotions than to clear the air with actual facts concerning the tragic murder of Tupac Shakur six years ago."
Ironically, Wallace was murdered in Los Angeles six months after Shakur's death. While neither case has been solved, Wallace's family has filed suit against the Los Angeles Police Department for never investigating his murder.
When someone kicks open a door in South Central Los Angeles and shoots a mom and dad, the LA Gang Unit is stumped as to why. Targeting a mom is virtually unheard of in Gangland. This clear violation of the gangster code has Detectives Torres and Carrillo of the Gang Unit stumped. Their only hunch is that the victim's son's sudden disappearance might have something to do with the shooting. When Torres and Carrillo's hunch turns out to be right, they're able to get an ID on the shooter, and the Gang Unit launches into a manhunt to bring him to justice.
Episode 2. Episode 2
(AIR DATE 07/09/2009)
Someone is shooting Crips in South Central Los Angeles. Now it's up to the LA Gang Unit to find the shooter before the Crips do. The trouble is that no one talks in this neighborhood, not even the victims. So without witnesses or an ID on the shooter, the Gang Unit has to do what they do best, hit the streets to see what they can learn on their own. When Deputy Calderon finds clues written on the walls of South Central, the Gang Unit is in a race against time to find the shooters and calm escalating tensions between two of the area's most dangerous gangs.