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8 Mile (DVD)
Member Name: bhayanid
8 Mile (DVD)
Date: 22/11/08, updated on 23/11/08 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Eminem flowing some awesome raps
Disadvantages: Not a lot of substance
Eminem has already mastered music with his infectous rapping and controversial lyrics, so naturally cinema is next. 8 mile is an old fashioned underdog story about triumphing in the face of adversity. Think Rocky with rapping. Except instead of boxing bouts there are rap battles, where rappers insult eachother and the rapper who dishes the most heat wins the battle.
8 mile opens with Eminem pulling out his battle due to stage fright and the following weeks battle offers him a chance of redemption and does he take it? Well you will have to watch the film, but I am sure you know the answer. In comparison to 50 cent's film Get Rich or Die Trying, which I have also reviewed, Eminem does a good job of not embarassing himself and the cliches are of course here in full effect, however in this movie the rapping is the real star. "When Eminem takes centre stage, he's back in an arena he knows - and his charisma and remarkable linguistic dexterity make these profane, clever and funny scenes the best of the movie."
Any parts quoted taken from BBC
Summary: Better than 50 cent's turn at cinematic brilliance