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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 52%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 39895

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December 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM


Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur
Angela Bassett as Voletta Wallace
Richard Pryor as Himself
Aunjanue Ellis as Sandy
850.99 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 2 min
P/S 7 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by latinfineart 9 / 10

A really outstanding biopic about a larger than life man, and his music

I really liked this film. I will quality that by saying I am a white man, in his early 60's who likes hip-hop, but does not care much for the product out there these days. I do like some progressive and underground hip-hop. These were the glory days of hip-hop, no doubt. The film is populated by giants, such as Biggie, Tupac, Puffy, Shug (a large sized man, and an incredibly tiny human being, who in my opinion was more than likely responsible for the murder of this musical giant) Faith Evans, Lil Kim, and others. The performances were uniformly good, especially Jamal Woolard, who literally inhabited Biggie's soul, during this film. Derek Luke was excellent at Puffy, and Anthony Mackie was decent as Tupac. How does anyone play Tupac? These characters are so much larger than life.

Wallace was shot and killed in March 1997 after leaving a party, and despite numerous lawsuits and court cases, no arrests were ever made. It would be easy, then, to paint the performer as somewhat of a saint. But the script doesn't shy away from Wallace's shortcomings. He began dealing drugs at a young age, did jail time, had a sometimes-volatile temper and wasn't a picture-perfect husband and father.

As the titular character, Jamal Woolard expertly drives that point home. Bringing such an iconic modern figure (back) to life is a heady task, but Woolard nails Wallace's musical and emotional complexities. That Woolard is a first-time actor (and fledgling rapper) makes it all the more impressive. Woolard's doughy face and soulful eyes give his performance added layers of emotion. He captures some nice subtleties, both in the dramatic scenes and performance pieces. And he plays things light when needed, especially in spry scenes with his female co-stars. Angela Bassett's role as steely mom Voletta, who survived a bout with breast cancer, could have veered into thankless territory. But Bassett is such a good actress that the role crackles with energy. All the motherly fear and worry for a son read on her face in almost every scene.

This is a very good piece of filmmaking, about a hugely important man, and his music. To call him a genius, a great storyteller, and a brilliant rapper, would be to dramatically understate the obvious. Who, in this day and age comes even close to this man?

Reviewed by momosity 5 / 10

Was he such an abuser of women?

If he was, then I'm glad I never paid money to hear his music. Between getting one woman pregnant with no means of support to moving on to the next, I wasn't happy to see that he was so irresponsible. And then getting married to Faith Evans and cheating on her with such a provable lie, I'm not sure if it was taken from real life and he was really that dumb, or the screenwriters thought the audience wouldn't care.

Well, I care. "Baby-Daddies" need to step up and take care of their children. If not, well, there's condoms, and then there's the operation (a little snip, and no more Baby Mamas!).

SAD. And I would have appreciated some more time with Tupac on screen. Anthony Mackie is one of my favorite actors. Not to mention the lack of a Jamaican accent that Angela Bassett didn't even try for; she knew she was slumming.

Reviewed by Jackson Booth-Millard 4 / 10


The Tupac Shakur biographical film All Eyez on Me was being released in cinemas, and I had watched the fantastic N.W.A. biographical film Straight Outta Compton, so I felt it only right to watch this film focusing on one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. Basically young Christopher George Latore Wallace (Christopher Jordan Wallace, Biggie's son) lived his childhood years in Brooklyn, New York, and became a drug dealer at the height of the crack epidemic, hustling with Damion "D-Roc" Butler (Dennis L.A. White) and Lil' Cease (Marc John Jefferies). Christopher (Jamal Woolard) is told by his girlfriend Jan Jackson (Julia Pace Mitchell) that she is pregnant, so he earns more money to support his family, taking his drug dealing seriously, and participates in a rap battle, which he wins, but his mother Voletta (Angela Bassett) kicks him out for drug possession and not attending school. Christopher spends nine months in prison for possession of guns and drugs, until he is bailed, then he meets Kimberly "'Lil Kim" Jones (Naturi Naughton), but she was abused in a previous relationship, so refuses to pursue another. Christopher reconciles with his mother and visits his newborn daughter, T'Yanna, then he catches the attention of ambitious record producer for Uptown, Sean "Puffy" Combs, or "Puff Daddy", or "P. Diddy" (Derek Luke), with his recorded demo, under the name "Biggie Smalls", he is promised a record deal, but it falls through, and he and D-Roc are again arrested, but D-Roc takes the blame to allow Chris to pursue his music career. Biggie is depressed finding out his mother has breast cancer, but Puffy establishes new record label Bad Boy and signs Biggie, he records his debut album Ready to Die, and during a photo shoot meets R&B singer Faith Evans (Antonique Smith), they begin a relationship, and marry, she catches him cheating, but they later reconcile, but tension still grows between Chris, Faith, Jan and Kim. Celebrating the release of the album, Biggie, also becoming known as "The Notorious B.I.G.", meets rapper Tupac "2Pac" Shakur (Anthony Mackie), he admires 2Pac, but questions people he associates with, Biggie blames Bad Boy when the news breaks that 2Pac is robbed and shot, dissing the record label at an awards ceremony. Rivalry increases between Biggie and 2Pac, the media refer to it as the "East Coast-West Coast rivalry", with attacks made on both sides, an unknown caller gives Biggie a death threat, and 2Pac and Suge Knight (Sean Ringgold) verbally assault Biggie at a party. 2Pac interprets Biggie's latest song "Who Shot Ya?" as a diss at him, but Biggie and Puffy claim it was recorded before the shooting, 2Pac responds with a diss song at Bad Boy called "Hit 'Em Up", then 2Pac and Faith have a magazine photo shoot together, but she insists to Biggie nothing happened between them, they try to reconcile when she tells him she is pregnant with their child. The East and West coast rivalry continues to escalate, Biggie gets booed at a concert in Sacramento, California, but then he performs "Who Shot Ya?", the rivalry between Biggie and 2Pac continues until 2Pac is killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Biggie and D-Roc renew their friendship, Biggie considers pulling out of the rap game, but he goes to Los Angeles, California to promote his upcoming album Life After Death, bringing D-Roc, Lil' Cease, Puff and Faith with him, while there Biggie receives more death threats. Following a phone call to 'Lil Kim to apologise and arrange a meeting, Biggie leaves the party, he is shot and killed by an unknown gunman when getting into his car, his funeral is held a few days later, his friends, family and thousands of fans lining the street mourn, Biggie's song "Hypnotize" plays as his casket is driven down the city streets. Also starring Jasper Briggs as Damion (Age 8-13), Cyrus Farmer as Art Selwyn and Edwin Freeman as Mister Cee. Newcomer Woolard just about looks and sounds the part of the larger than life rap star, and there is good support from Bassett, Naughton and Wallace Jr. playing his own father as a young man. There are some memorable sequences, from sex scenes and of course the recognisable songs (I was hoping the Biggie Smalls tribute song "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans and 112 would be included), but the script is full of the hip hop lifestyle clichés, and doesn't cover enough of the subjects we know about from the media, a not well executed but reasonable in parts biographical drama. Okay!

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