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Total Crap: 18%

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Get Rich or Die Tryin'
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by Collin Souter

"An gunman has poor aim and now we have a movie about it."
2 stars

A couple years ago at the MTV Video Awards, Chris Rock talked about the 50 Cent phenomenon and noted that the only reason the rapper has become so famous is because he was shot nine times. Nobody talks much about the music, just about the fact that he has taken nine bullets and has lived to tell the tale. His tale indeed gets told through a two+-hour movie, one that seems to exist for the sake of this fact. 50 Centóotherwise known as Curtis Jackson, who in the film is a fictional character named Marcusóhas one of those stories that would make an interesting movie, but maybe a better movie after heís had a full career. At the moment, heís still just a guy who got shot nine times and put out a couple hit albums.

Iím not a fan of 50 Cent, but that doesnít mean Iím anti-rap either. I just donít find him to be a compelling wordsmith. He lacks a certain charisma that would justify his success. His music and lyrics donít grab me the way Disposable Heroes of Hiphopricy, Public Enemy or even Eminem on a good day would. Gangsta rap in general doesnít do it for me, but that also doesnít mean that one canít make a good movie about someone whom I donít like. Iím not a fan of Eminem either and I liked his movie (8 Mile) just fine.

In fact, one of the great ironies about Get Rich or Die Tryiní is that it co-stars Terrance Howard, who has so far given the best performance of this year as a pimp who pursues his passion for rapping in the entertaining and poetic Hustle & Flow. Here, Howard takes a backseat to 50 Cent, who does okay playing himself, I guess, but whose acting career probably wonít go far beyond this role. Itís not that heís a bad actor. Itís just that he doesnít have the screen presence that would warrant a full career.

The movie starts out with a robbery gone wrong, the event that led to the infamous shooting, but then segues into a flashback to Marcus as a child. He has never known his father and his mother was killed at an early age, leaving Marcus to live with his Grandparents (Viola Davis and Sullivan Walker). He remains in the drug and gangsta culture throughout his whole life and carries around a picture of Rick James, mainly because he bears a striking resemblance to the man who killed his mother.

Eventually, Marcus catches up with an old neighborhood friend, Charlene (Joy Bryant), who laughs at first when she hears what Marcus has been up to with his life. ďIím a gangsterÖIím a rapperÖNo, Iím a gangster rapper.Ē She finally realizes itís true and remains his salvation throughout the rest of the story, even when he lands in prison. There, he meets Bama (Terrence Howard), who appoints himself as Marcusís manager when they get out.

The movie was directed by Jim Sheridan, a curious choice, but also an intelligent one. Sheridan has directed gritty prison dramas (In the Name of the Father, The Boxer) and knows his way around the streets of New York (In America), and he does lend the movie a certain air of authenticity (or as much as a 50-year old Irishman can anyway). But the movie doesnít seem to have any conviction behind it that this story needs to be told. Itís too long, it doesnít take the rags-to-riches story into any new territory and doesnít pulsate with life or convey the exhilaration of composing a rhyme scheme or realizing a personal vision the way Hustle & Flow or 8 Mile did. In the end, itís a movie stuck within the confines of what is generally an extremely well-marketed and calculated ďlegend.Ē You guessed it: He was shot nine times!

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User Comments

6/11/09 leon that was a hell of a movie great story to tell the movie makes you feel like you know him 5 stars
5/09/08 Danica 50 Cent IS better then all of u SO SHUT UP 5 stars
10/18/07 Simon What are the critics talking about? This is a fantastic film better then 8 mile! outstandin 5 stars
9/14/07 Tracy 50 was great! Great movie I was suprised. 5 stars
11/14/06 Beau Liked this movie, it melt my heart. A good storyline.well done! 4 stars
8/18/06 Nix Better than 8 mile 4 stars
5/31/06 Bryan McAllister fairly good movie 3 stars
5/17/06 shady total shite it represents chav scum who should all be shot 1 stars
4/16/06 skippy it speaks for it self 5 stars
3/11/06 Josh Standlee In order to make music, you need more than a shitty beat! 1 stars
3/01/06 chris f do not waste time watching this shite 1 stars
3/01/06 Uk_shooter shite gangster wanna be movie do not watch!!!! 1 stars
2/06/06 k t 50 is hot hot hpt! 5 stars
1/20/06 nadia 50 cent mullen was amazin!! colin u know nothing u twat! 5 stars
12/16/05 justin gleason the movie is a 5 star movie because of 50 cent(ya its fifty cent,not fiddy cent)you must li 5 stars
11/27/05 djacosta To those who call the best movie ever: "have you ever been to the movies before?" 1 stars
11/22/05 Javier Joachin Is very interesting. 5 stars
11/21/05 Jamie Walker it was the best movie i have ever seen 5 stars
11/19/05 CourtManShan Best moviee ever 5 stars
11/18/05 Jabber 8 MILE, PART 2...50 Cent is untalented and can't spell. 1 stars
11/17/05 dreskeezy if your from the hood then u would understand this movie. 50 is back on top 5 stars
11/15/05 YOisMe same recycled dissappointments 1 stars
11/14/05 Curtis Jackson I thought that movie was very interesting 5 stars
11/12/05 Zigga 50 cent trys too hard 1 stars
11/12/05 chris trundle 50 gotta b doin somfin right his minted simple as that 4 stars
11/11/05 alnurs aa_ha 1 stars
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