Dead Presidents

Tucson Weekly

DIRECTED BY: Albert and Allen Hughes

REVIEWED: 10-12-95

The Hughes brothers, the twin directing team behing the stark, unsettling Menace II Society, try for too much with their second effort. Starring Larenz Tate, the film starts in '60s coming-of-age territory, then turns into a Platoon-ish Vietnam movie, then a violent '70s-style bank-robbery-gone-wrong movie. It's a major waste of talent, and the idea that this taped-together series of Hollywood conventions represents "the black man's experience" is nothing short of ludicrous. Danny Elfman's unusual score is the most notable aspect of the picture.

--Zachary Woodruff

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