Advertisement Because many drug dealers and consumers are poor and powerless, laws come down on them more ferociously than on the white-collar criminals whose misdeeds are on a larger scale. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. The time and place -- Harlem in the mid-'80s -- is brought to life in a way that feels real and not heavy-handed. In one scene, one of the characters at a party plays for his friends a video of him having sex with a woman. Mekhi Phifer, Cam'ron, and Wood Harris gave very good performances in this real life re-telling of the events that occurred between the notorious Ace, Mitch and Alpo. His friend Mitch , on the other hand, is bringing in lots of money as a drug dealer.
This space given to the actors allows each character to stand out and be memorable, no matter if they are central to the story or on the periphery. His kingdom is destroyed one year later, after successive betrayals. All six were shot in the head when the extortion attempt failed and three died, including Faison's aunt. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. When Mitch tries to teach his younger brother the fine art of caring for his new white tennis shoes and how to lace the shoelaces, for instance, it's worth more than a dozen obvious '80s pop culture references.
There were many lessons to be learned in this tale. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. Moving on the streets all day, it is impossible for him to miss seeing the good fortune of drug dealers, and he learns of the fortunes to be made by delivering something other than pressed pants. Fighting, punches, and kicks are also part of the violence. Even the neighborhoods looked more 80's like in this flick. The movie is ambitious, has good energy and is well-acted, but tells a familiar story in a familiar way.
Ace recruits his friends Mitch Mekhi Phifer and Rico Cam'ron , and the trio become major players in the Harlem drug underworld, a violent business that will test the friends' loyalty and wits as the money rolls in and the dangers grow beyond their control. Advertisement The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. While making deliveries, he meets Lulu Esai Morales , a drug dealer who convinces Ace to join him. Breaking the law is simply an unfortunate side effect of wanting to make more money than can be done legally. His career might have taken place at Enron, as a talented manager, staging a fake energy crisis to steal from California consumers.
Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. The clothing, right down to the jewelry and the kicks they wore brought me back! The trajectory is well-known: poverty, success, riches, and then death or jail. I also think that this movie was underrated and should have received more widespread notoriety. There's a lot of faith in the story and the actors in Paid in Full, a quality in movies, and it works. Then another young hotshot Cam'ron comes along, and Ace becomes the veteran who's a target. Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business. This plot describes countless lives, and is so common because the laws against drugs do such a good job of supporting the price and making the business so lucrative.
When another dealer goes off to the pen, Ace moves quickly to grab his territory, and soon has so much money that his life demonstrates one of the drawbacks of growing up in poverty: You lack the skills to spend it fast enough. The real life Calvin, Kevin Clark was not murdered in a revenge killing by Rico, as is depicted in the film. Ace recruits his friends Mitch Mekhi Phifer and Rico Cam'ron , and the trio become major players in the Harlem drug underworld, a violent business that will test the friends' loyalty and wits as the money rolls in and the dangers grow beyond their control. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. Written by Trivia Six people were actually held prisoner in the scene where Ace and a friend were bundled into the apartment by Calvin's accomplices who demanded the combination. Via lucky breaks and solid interpersonal skills, Ace moves to the top of the Harlem drug world. It heightens the grit of the story and gives space to the talented actors to bring these characters to life.
The low-budget feel to the movie serves it well. While making deliveries, he meets Lulu Esai Morales , a drug dealer who convinces Ace to join him. Ace more than adequately fills the void left by Mitch and Calvin, and the money starts rolling in. There's drug use -- cocaine and heroin -- and alcohol drinking, plus drug dealing scenes. All in all, I rate this film a 9 out of 10. Later, her joins Mitch and his new-friend Rico as his right arms, ruling the neighborhood. As Ace, Wood Harris brings the same low-key cool that helped make Avon Barksdale such an unforgettable character in.
You can for free on this page by streaming the movie in the video player above or by choosing a external version below to play. . But Ace's power begins to crumble when Calvin comes back and wants to regain his place on top, and Rico's violent and flamboyant methods attract the wrong kind of attention. Things take a huge turn for the worse when Calvin attempts to rob Ace at his Aunt June's apartment. The ascendance of rap and the ascendance of crack cocaine at the time are a part of the movie, but they don't overwhelm like they would in a movie less secure with the story itself.