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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (DVD)
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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (DVD)
Advantages: Interesting storyline
Disadvantages: 50 Cent was outshined
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is a crime/ drama film that was released in 2005 and stars Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson. The film is rated 15 as it contains strong language, violence and drug use and it is 112 minutes long. Get Rich or Die Tryin' is semi autobiographical on Curtis Jackson's life.
As a young boy, Marcus's mother was violently killed and he was forced to go and live with his Grandparents. When his mother was alive, Marcus was used to getting the best of everything and must now learn how to deal with being poor.
On a quest to find himself, his father and his mothers killer, Marcus leads the life of a drug dealer climbing the ladder and trying to make a better life for himself. Ever since he was a child he had wanted to be a rapper but knows without money, his dream will never become a reality. Marcus is set on getting revenge for his mothers death and is determined to find out who his father is at the same time.
50 Cent - Marcus (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Majestic
Joy Bryant .-Charlene
Omar Benson Miller - Keryl
Tory Kittles - Justice
Terrence Howard - Bama
Ashley Walters - Antwan
Marc John Jefferies - Young Marcus
- A portrait of an artist
- Theatrical Trailer
I was actually quite surprised by this film. I had heard very mixed reviews about it from my friends and seeing as it was only £4 on Amazon, I thought I'd give it a try with my Dooyoo miles.
I was expecting something along the lines of Eminem's film, 8 mile but Get Rich or Die Tryin' is nothing like that. The only similarities that I could see were that the lead was from a poor background and wanted to be a rapper.
As a new actor, I thought 50 Cent did a pretty good job in his role as Marcus. Although I don't think he excelled in the role, he certainly wasn't awful. I guess this is mostly down to the fact that it must have been fairly easy for him to play because the story was based on his life and had already experienced some of the elements of it. Overall, because of the story, Marcus came over as a believable character that you could empathise with.
As good as 50 Cent was, he was upstaged somewhat by the supporting cast. Terrence Howard plays Marcus's manager and best friend, Bama and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje played Majestic, Marcus's drug lord boss. I thought these two characters had a lot more going for them and were very interesting to watch. Each actor played their part really well and it felt like a lot of effort was put into it and you can feel the emotion from them because of this.
Get Rich or Die Tryin' obviously features a lot of 50 Cent's own music as well as other Rap and Hip Hop songs. The story flits in and out when it comes to telling us how Marcus became a rapper and I would have liked to have seen more of this in the film. Whereas 8 Mile was overpowered by Eminem's music, this wasn't the case with this film. 50 Cent's music adds to the feel this film gives and only enhances the story.
The story was quite inspirational but deep at the same time. The film got a fair bit of bad press as people thought it endorsed gun crimes but I think it really shows that if you work hard, you can achieve whatever you want. There is a lot of action throughout but not over the top like we see in a lot of action films now and I guess it really depends on what you are into whether or not you will like this film.
Overall, this film is quite entertaining with a good story. Don't dismiss it if you have heard bad things about it because I was very pleasantly surprised. £4 not wasted.
Summary: Not at all what I expected