Skip to Content. Even if you've been treated unfairly by a rigged system, you still can choose to respond to the oppression with dignity and decency. If you allow the violence targeted at you to rule you, you'll become as violent and terrible as your oppressors. When you lose hope, you can lose what is best in you. Caine wants to honor his jailed mentor by looking after the mentor's girlfriend, child.
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The film is set in Watts and follows the life of a young man named Kaydee "Caine" Lawson and his close friends. It gained notoriety for its scenes of violence, profanity and drug-related content. It also received positive reviews for its realistic portrayal of urban violence and powerful underlying messages. After their purchase, the cashier insults O-Dog by saying he feels sorry for his mother. Offended, O-Dog briefly argues with the cashier, then kills him and his wife with his gun, takes the surveillance tape, robs the clerk's wallet and the cash register, and flees the store with Caine. In a flashback , it is revealed that Caine's father was a drug dealer who was killed in a drug deal gone wrong when Caine was 10, and that his mother was a heroin addict who died of a drug overdose. This led to Caine being raised by his grandparents in the crime-ridden Jordan Downs housing projects. O-Dog proudly shows off the surveillance tape to his admiring friends, much to Caine's annoyance. Later, as Caine and his cousin Harold are on their way from a party, they are carjacked , resulting in Harold being shot and killed and Caine being wounded. O-Dog learns of the carjackers' whereabouts and he, Caine, and their friend A-Wax, an OG, hunt them down together and kill them, avenging Harold's death.