Spike Lee — the man who gave us Do The Right Thing, The 25th Hour, Clockers, Inside Man and Malcolm X, if somehow you don’t already know — is back. His latest film Chi-Raq finally hits UK cinemas next month, after being one of the most talked films of 2016. And we’ve got an exclusive clip.
Many people have called Chi-Raq Spike Lee’s greatest film in a long, long time, and despite it being over 25 years since Do The Right Thing, he’s lost none of his energy and anger. Chi-Raq takes on Chicago’s terrible gun problem, but is also a brilliantly original updating of classic Greek literature. The synopsis reads:
Set in Chicago, the film is a satire that focuses on the gang violence prevalent in neighborhoods on the city's south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood. The story is based on Aristophanes' Lysistrata; a Classical Greek comedy play in which women withhold sex from their husbands as punishment for fighting in the Peloponnesian War. Chi-Raq stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Chi-Raq is in cinemas December 2.