"Straight Outta Compton" succeeds at telling the origin story of the legendary hip-hop group N.W.A. with strong performances by the actors portraying the original members: Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, Jason Mitchell in an amazing debut as Easy-E, O'Shea Jackson Jr. as his father Ice Cube and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella.
The film opens loud and fast with an action sequence starring the film's other cast member, the LAPD. Much like the N.W.A. album of the same name, "Straight Outta Compton" makes no apologies when it comes to reporting what happens on inner city streets with brutal honesty. From gang violence to police brutality and the harassment of black men, there are moments in this film when the 1980s Compton scenes look eerily like last night's news broadcast in Any Town, U.S.A.