“ Genre: Documentary - Music / Theatrical Release: 2003 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Lauren Lazin / Actors: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain, Bill Bellamy, William J. Bennett ... / DVD released 2004-09-13 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world."
-- Tupac Shakur
Tupac Amaru Shakur packed a lot into his relatively short life of 25 years. His life was filled with incident and controversy. He was though able to become a highly successful music artist who has become one of the best selling artists of all time. Tupac: Resurrection is a film about his story which is told in his own words. The film is narrated entirely in his own voice and was made in collaboration with his mother, Afeni Shakur. It was originally released in 2003.The film is directed by Lauren Lazin and was nominated for an academy award in 2005. The film currently has a rating of 7.7/10 from 4,087 votes on IMDB.
The film itself
The film tells the life story of Tupac from his early difficult beginnings and growing up and on to his later status of super stardom and subsequent death. It begins with the story of his birth. He was born to a mother and father who were part of the political activist Black Panther Party. His mother was addicted to drugs and she was also released from prison one month before he was born. His father was not around when he was growing up. It goes through his early career where he started off as an actor and how he became good friends with Jada Pinkett in high school . It also goes on to tell how he learnt theatre and ballet which had a totally different style of music to what he was later to become involved him. His love of writing poetry and also reading Shakespeare is also expressed. He was not like many other kids around him in terms of this. There is also a lot of footage from his later career as he becomes a famous rapper and also actor. There is also all the controversy with his arrests and subsequent shootings which ultimately leads to his death. All of this is told in his own words with home movies, photographs and also recited poetry.
The fact that this film is about Tupac and the words and pictures we see are of the man himself makes it a lot better than a lot of documentaries which try to chronicle the life of someone famous. This is the man in his own words with quite a lot of what was previously unseen footage. This is a film not just about his music but is about him as a person and his beliefs and thoughts on life and society in general. His thug mentality seems a product of his lifestyle and the people he hung around and where he was around growing up. He comes across though as a sensitive and caring man who seems to have a controversial side. He explains himself that he has a big mouth that got him into trouble where he said and did things without thinking. He explains himself as being "young and dumb." As well as showing his thug mentality and lifestyle, he also shows his vulnerability in his interviews. This is the kind of film that fans of Tupac and this type of music will really tend to like and enjoy. It is also a film that others who are not fans can still appreciate as it has been well made and constructed. Overall it is a top film which is well made and I would give it a solid 4/5 stars.
"The only thing that can kill me is death, that's the only thing that can ever stop me, is death, and even then my music will live forever. "-Tupac Shakur
There are quite a few decent special features on the DVD. These include some deleted scenes as well as audio commentary by his mother. There is also an interview with MTV for a Christmas song. After this was recorded, he got into legal trouble and this was never aired. There is also an MTV awards interview where he is with Snoop Dogg. This was recorded just three days before his fatal shooting. There are also a couple of music videos as well as short interviews with some of his family and other music artists including his Outlawz crew , Eminem and 50 Cent.
Directed by: Lauren Lazin
Produced by: Lauren Lazin
Starring: Tupac Shakur
Music by: Tupac Shakur
January 22, 2003(Sundance)
November 14, 2003
Running time 111 minutes
Trailer for film on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAiESngT4HI