Films by Spike Lee
Two Faces of Durg Dealing
25th Hour and Clocker are both film that deal with the consequences of a life drug dealing. Monty from 25th Hour and Strike from Clockers have some crucial differences that between however they hold certain similarities. It’s important to discuss the differences between Monty and Strike in order to understand the importance of their similarities. In Clocker the community Lee portrays is a project somewhere in Brooklyn. The story mostly unfolds through the eyes of Strike who unlike Monty is a smalltime drug dealer. Strike does not want to be a drug dealer but there is little opportunity for him to do anything else. He has been pushed into his circumstance by the cycle of drug deal and crime which the projects are often known for. Monty too grew up in humble means but in contrast he was accepted on scholarship to an elite preparatory school. It was while in high school that Monty began to sell drugs. Perhaps it was to gain notoriety or maybe it was just for the money. Whatever the reasons Monty choose a life or crime openly. He had the opportunity to go far through education. Unlike Monty, Strike was not given that opportunity, the opportunity to get out of his circumstance; get out of the projects. The only examples he had of non drug dealer were his brother Victor and Andre an African American police officer who lived in the projects. Strike without a positive role model like any impressionable youth he latched on to Rodney the local drug deal took him under his wing. In school Monty most likely had the opportunity to meet many positive role models. Strike who had fewer positive role models took Rodney as his father figure.
In terms of similarities there could be a connection between Month and Strike based on growing up in single parent households. While Monty grew up with his father Strike grew up ...
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