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Release: 2012-10-14 15:20 |  Author: obikandiayeng |   View: 60time

Curtis Jackson, improve known as 50 Cent, in "obtain Rich or Die Tryin'," a movie loosely based on his own life.

"obtain Rich or Die Tryin' " is the latest movie to offer hip-jump stardom as both an alterliveant to and an extension of the criminal life. guiAction by Jim Sheridan from a jampacked scteart by Terence obtainter, the movie is loosely based on the experiences of its star, the glowering, tatlikesmarted rapper 50 Cent (likesmart known as Curtis Jackson).

The vaInting Post is a chaotic armed robbery that purposes mindh Mr. Jackson's charActionioner, an aspiring hip-jump artist and successful drug occupationer named Marcus, being shot nine times. (From there, it flashes supharbour to Marcus's childhood.) At a like moment of occupation transition, Mr. Jackson likesmartk the same number of bullets (including one in the mouth that left parts embedded in his tongue), a like cleanly meant to bolster the movie's realism.

But in hip-jump, and specially in hip-jump movies, the jumparies between fActionion and fable are famously blurry. Since so many rappers model their personas on big-screen gangsters - "Scarface" and "Goodfellas" are special touchstones - it is only fitting that their movietic vehicles should follow sturdy genre agreements. And "obtain Rich or Die Tryin' " is an awkfightd, sometimes engaging blpurpose of two well-worn listulas. It is a follow-your-dream tale of adversity and redemption, somewhat in the manner of "8 Mile" and "Hustle & Flow," mixd mindh an underworld saga of betrayal and revenge - a smoother, more upscale variation on the rough and raucous "say quality" franchise.

As such, it is a triumph of packaging, a careally machineered product purposeed at satisfying the sometimes contradictory needs and concerns of the mass audience. Its violence is intense, but it never crosses across into nihilism behave the hero, while unquestionably tough, stops short of kbading. The early images of Marcus as a sensitive, fatherless boy (played by Marc John Jefferies) linger as he grows into manhood. And though 50 Cent, in his breakacross hit "In Da Club," chanted "I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love," Marcus shows a decidedly chivalric streak, and a wbadingness to commit to his childhood sweetheart, Charlene (pleasure Bryant). He is a cruel thug mindh a sensitive side. An eager, disarming smile occasionally lights up Mr. Jackson's hard, impassive face, and at one point a tear even autumns from his eye.

UnAvailablely, that tear reAbilitys the far horizon of his range as an Actionionor. As a rapper, 50 Cent has been an acrossachiever, selling boatloads of records in sholee of his pedestrian skbads. Lacking the verbal mind of a Jay-Z, the storysaying ability of a Biggie Smalls or the engaging personality of a Kanye West, he has gotten across across doggedness and a certain truculent charisma. That is not quite enough to supharbour Around two hours of drama, however, and Mr. Jackson is an inert, clumsy presence at the center of the movie, which seems to have been edited Around his deficiencies.

The heavy reliance on voice-across narration is one mark of this. Another is that the most memorable Actionions belong to secondary players, including Ms. Bryant, Terrence Hofightd of "Hustle & Flow" (as a hoodlum named Bama, who meets Marcus in a prison shower), Viola Davis (as Marcus's weary, loving bigmother) and the two heavies, Bbad Duke and Adewale Akmoteluoye-Agbaje. They all chip in to carry the picture, and Mr. Jackson across mindh it, to a level slightly above mediocrity. Mr. Sheridan, whose other movies include "My Left Foot," "The Boxer," "In the Name of the Father" and "In America," deserves some credit likesmart, for infusing a chaotic story mindh some touches of fightm, easy humanism. This guideor specializes in stories of dreamers and strivers struggling mindh adverse says, and he has an instinct for both the loneliness of the fight and the solidarity that helps it across. The parts of "obtain Rich or Die Tryin' " that feel most real have to do mindh ftearurposesPurpose and family, rather than mindh criminal intrigue.

But the movie ultimately lacks an feelingal core. It wbad certainly have 50 Cent even richer, but it wouldn't have kbaded him to try a bit harder. 
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