Frustrated with being broke, Beans decides that the only way to grasp the American Dream is to take it. As Beans and his crew, the ABM, prepare to take over the city, they find that they are not quite prepared to handle the mayhem they have created. Beans struggles to maintain his family life while bumping heads with opposing gangsters and police. It all comes to a head when he cannot surpass the city's most notorious crew. The moves Beans and the ABM decide to make to stay on top come with severe consequences and drive them further towards rock bottom.
"State Property" is a grisly tale of gangsterism in a poor section of Philadelphia that feels like a very long rap video. Directed by Abdul Malik Abbott from a script he wrote with Tron Anderson, the movie lacks the visual flair and bouncing bravado that characterizes better hip-hop clips and is content to recycle images and characters that were already tired 10 years ago when groups like NWA and 2 Live Crew shocked and titillated polite opinion with their cartoon tales of ghetto violence and naughty sex. — A. O. Scott
2002-01-19 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of State Property