I recently saw “City of Vultures II” which will be released on February 1st and you will see my review on January 31. But the original “City of Vultures” is now available for free on Tubi at https://tubitv.com/movies/417685/city-of-vultures?start=true
You need not see the original before you watch the sequel but if you do you will perhaps understand the ruthless G and why he is so ruthless and it is obvious. A con out on parole seeking an honest path ahead may be tempted into a past life of crime but when that honest path is blocked by no employment opportunities the path back to crime may be the only path to survive.
In “City of Vultures II” G is a vicious hood with no scruples except as regards his son. But if we venture back to a point before that when he is released for parole in the original “City of Vultures” we see G as an articulate if not brilliant writer. But there is crime all over him.
He rejoins a girlfriend he had before he was sentenced to a long term in the joint and it looks like he might live a “normal life” but challenges persist. G in the original is super creative and intelligent and looking to follow the straight path but as an ex-con so many doors are shut and when you see “City of Vultures II” you see what door G has entered.
There are murders and retaliations in the film but they are not as numerous and graphic as in the sequel. They are still disturbing including children involved in armed robbery and murders but the cinematography in the original is shot in a much lighter format. There is also a bit more of a plot with violence being less graphic.
Strange going to the original after the sequel but the sequel is much darker and the original may offer some clues as to why G is such a vicious hood. It would seem the corrupt Chicago police and his past have closed the door on any chance of reform.
G here is sometimes referred to as Shorty. You can see the original at no cost other than a few minimal advertisements. The sequel is definitely darker and more violent with seemingly no way out for G. In the original it seems G has a chance but as II shows he really had no chance.
Directed, written and produced by G himself that being Marcus Carothers. Welcome to the “urban crime genre”. Has Carothers revived the “film noir” category?
RKS film rating 89/100.