Set It Off
- 2 hr 3 min
The movie tells the story of four friends who are struggling to make a living. The movie depicts many different turning points for each of the characters. Turning points that causes them to contemplate criminal acts that cost them their lives and their friendships. Vivica A. Fox's character starts off on the right road and seems to have it together. She is working in a bank and is making decent money. She has done well on the job until someone that she knows decides to rob the bank. As a result she is terminated even though she had absolutely nothing to do with the robbery. This sets the scene for the entire movie. Jada Pinkett Smith's character has a younger brother who is college bound and she does everything to make sure that he stays on the right path. He is accepted to a university and she sleeps with someone to get the money that her brother needs to attend. They have a celebration party and everyone is happy. He is walking home during the night and a cop mistakes him for someone else because of a hair cut. When the young man reaches in his jacket he is shot dead. Soon after they find that he was only taking out a bottle. Kemberly Elise's character is somewhat naive but is a hard worker. All of the characters work together cleaning buildings and dreaming about a better day. One night Kimberly's character does not have childcare. The young child gets a hold of some cleaning products and has to be rushed to the hospital. Child protective services is called and the child is taken out of the home. Queen Latifah's character is dating a female and is not afraid to shoot and ask questions later. She has the bright idea to rob a bank and tries to enlist the help of the other young ladies. At first she is met with resistance especially with Pinkett's character. She soon comes aboard and they rob their first bank. It was a sloppy job but they got away with enough money to split between them. They hide the money in one of the buildings and agree that they are not to do anything differently. No buying expensive things, nothing that would bring any attention to what they had done. They had problems sticking to the plan and to top it off their boss finds the money and skips town. They decide that they need to rob another bank. They rob the bank but Latifah's character makes the mistake of throwing CD's out of the cars she steals during robberies. The police put two and two together and they are hot on their trail. They decide to rob one bank too many and everything goes wrong. They end up killing a cop and find themselves on the run. This is a great movie that shows loyalty, true friendships and heart.