Trailer of the Hour: Chi-Raq

CHI-RAQ Trailer from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.

I get it. For anyone who has not seen a Spike Lee movie before, this trailer must appear shocking. The movie itself deals with the high number of fatalities in Chicago on a year-by-year basis due to gang violence, and yet it appears to be both a musical and a blaxploitation film, neither of which is a genre that seems heavy enough to handle this subject matter. But Lee is responsible for a movie called Do the Right Thing, which was released 26 years ago and was one of the most insightful movies ever released about race and violence. Now Lee’s releases since then have been spotty at best. But I’d be willing to bet that Lee knows the stakes for this movie are higher than for any he’s done in the past 20 years. The Chi-Raq trailer looks and feels much like the tone of Lee’s 1989 classic, and the satirical approach is arguably the best way for Lee’s message to make the biggest impact. If the movie gets the tone as extreme as the trailer, than Chi-Raq could be the best Spike Lee movie since the best Spike Lee movie.

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