Review: Clockers

Richard Price  (1992)

An author whose work is endorsed by the silver screen is Richard Price, who is himself a screenwriter. Clockers is an exciting thriller that reads like an internal movie. On either side of a line, drawn in cocaine through the drug-riddled projects of New York City, the two main characters face off. Rocco is a bitter homicide detective and Strike is a small-time ring leader of an army of drug pushers working for a big-time supplier. Neither character is all good or bad, which makes the story so compelling and has caused some controversy–should we really be allowed to root for a drug dealer?

If the movie based on this murder mystery, which is part crime drama and part character study, is half as good as the book, it should be a winner.


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