I remember seeing this in theater 24 years ago and I remember the emotions this film evoked. I just watched it again tonight and I had the exact same emotions.With heist movies we always want to see the thieves get away. I don't know if it's because we sympathise with them because they may have a tragic backstory, or if we hate big banks/billionaire corporations, or if we are living vicariously through the thieves, but we root for the \"bad guy\" in heist movies. So, why should \"Set it Off\" be any differentFour girlfriends from L.A.-- Lena \"Stony\" Newsome (Jada Pinkett), Cleopatra \"Cleo\" Simms (Queen Latifah), Francesca \"Frankie\" Sutton (Vivica A. Fox), and Tisean \"Tee Tee\" Williams (Kimberly Elise)--were just existing in the ghetto. When three of the four women had something tragic occur in their lives they decided to rob a bank so that they could leave the 'hood once and for all.This movie was excellent. The protagonists were very much anti-heroines of a very atypical sort. They were Black women from the 'hood, and one of them was even gay. They were social losers from the start, so they weren't supposed to succeed in anything--legal or extralegal.Sure, the tragic events that struck them were a little thick, but nothing that happened to them was unbelievable. Simply take a poll of those who live in the projects or in ghettos and you'll find several people who can easily identify with one of the four main characters.If I were to take exception with this movie for anything it would be the one supercop scene. That would be the bank cop who decided to jump in between Cleo, Stony, Tee, and the REAL cops. It made no earthly sense. Detective Strode (John C. McGinley) was doing a fine job talking the women into surrendering and out of nowhere Paul Blart Mall Cop dives into the picture firing shots at the women killing Tee Tee. It was the only WTF moment of the movie and it's stench lingered for a couple of scenes.Then \"Set it Off\" quickly flipped the page from that obvious plot device to give us some heart tugging tragedies that were as poetic as they were painful. I don't know if we can say that \"Set if Off\" was the 90's anthem for Black women, but it sure was a good candidate.
Bank teller Frankie Sutton (Vivica A. Fox) gets fired after the bank gets robbed by somebody she knows. Police detective Strode (John C. McGinley) suspects her involvement. She is forced to join her friends Stony Newsom (Jada Pinkett Smith), Cleo Sims (Queen Latifah), and TT Williams (Kimberly Elise) doing janitorial work. Stony's unarmed beloved brother Stevie gets killed by the cops. TT's boy has an accident and Child Services takes him away. Casual musings about robbing banks turn into reality. As they get more successful, the best friends start to clash.This is more than a crime drama and it's the more part that I'm uncertain of. It's painfully direct that three of the four girls are given reasons to do the robberies. They are victims first before they decide to do the crimes. It's a form of female empowerment movie. I don't really buy Stony's path. She should have sued the city and the police. It's too convenient to have so many problems. There is a similarity to 'Thelma & Louise' but it doesn't have quite the same equivalence. On the other hand, I like the attempt to change up the traditional bank heist movie.
Parents need to know that Set It Off is a 1996 drama about four working-class inner-city friends who work full-time but can hardly pay their bills. One's brother is killed (on-screen) by the police. Another can't afford to keep her baby. Another is falsely accused of conspiring to rob a bank, so she figures she might as well actually go ahead and rob one. The hopelessness of black families living in projects is vividly depicted. Fatal shootings are shown. Violent car chases lead to more shootings. Couples have sex, including a same-sex pair, but no nudity is shown. Cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol are all consumed. Language includes \"f--k,\" \"s--t,\" \"p---y,\" and the \"N\" word.
This movie boasts solid performances by Queen Latifah, Pinkett Smith, Fox, and Elise. These are roles that in more conventional movies would be played by men, making this interesting even if just for that reason. Most older teens will already have been exposed to movies with equal or greater doses of violence, drug use, sexual content, language, and social commentary. Set It Off feels a bit long, but that won't keep keen young viewers from observing the unfairness of the way minorities are treated and how difficult it can be to live comfortable and productive lives without the availability of safe and high-quality housing and public education. The vivid, believable characters Gary Gray creates here are seemingly far too smart to rob a bank, and that makes their actions less than plausible at times. But the fact that they believe they have no alternative speaks volumes about their lives.
Cleo (Queen Latifah) uses a custom two-tone Uzi submachine gun with a nickel finish during the last bank robbery and during her last stand. The weapon is previously seen in the hands of Black Sam (Dr. Dre), who loans the weapon to Cleo (Queen Latifah). The Uzi used in this movie is a transferable pre-1986 conversion of an Uzi Model B Carbine converted by LaFrance Specialties and customized for the production by Ellis Props & Graphics.
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Although the Undertaker character appears in this movie, it isn't actually the real Undertaker played by Mark Calaway, it is professional wrestler Brian Lee. Brian played the role of the fake Undertaker in the WWF in 1994 . In the wrestling story line when the Undertaker went missing for 8 months, The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase claimed he could bring back the real Undertaker to the WWF. This is when the fake Undertaker played by Brian Lee appeared In the WWF. The story line was done to set up a Undertaker vs Undertaker match at the Summer Slam 94 pay per view event. When the real Undertaker returned with his manager Paul Bearer, a match was set up for the two in what would be billed as one of the biggest matches of 1994. In reality, Brian Lee was The Undertaker's best friend and was his best man at his wedding in 1993. Due to his very close resemblance to The Undertaker, Brian was signed to play the character in the WWF . When that story line finished, Brian Lee was brought back to the WWF in 1997 as Brian Lee, leader of the motorcycle gang D.O.A. He was able to shoot for Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi in 1995, Toronto Canada, because he had the Undertaker costume still at home. This was done without the knowledge or consent of the WWF/WWE. Many Bollywood fans were tricked into believing the real Undertaker was in the film. Years later Brian Lee' s friendship with the Undertaker would end on a very bad sour note due to personal reasons. Many claim it was the reason Undertaker got divorced .
Mujhko Kehte Hain Romeo (Mere Dil Mein Hai Kya) from Muddat... This song may have been inspired by the song \"Self Control\" (1984), performed by Raffaele Riefoli, aka Raf, and written by Raf, Giancarlo Bigazzi and Steve Piccolo. This tune was also used in other Hindi film songs - Rakesh Roshan used it in \"Mujhe Pyaar Ho Chala\" (\"Bhagwaan Dada\", 1986), Naresh Sharma in \"Tere Siva Mere Siva\" (\"Fateh\", 1991) and Anu Malik in \"In The Night No Control\" (\"Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi\", 1996).
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