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Genre: Music DVDs - Blues / Theatrical Release: 2002 / Director: Curtis Hanson / Actors: Eminem, Kim Basinger ... / DVD released 18 March, 2003 at Universal Studios / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

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      23.02.2013 23:09
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      you better lose yourself...

      I am BIG Eminem fan and I remember being too young to see this at the cinema when it came out and being really annoyed! The day it was released on DVD I dashed out to buy it and was sooo excited! I like it so much that from time to time I will randomly watch it, and a few months ago I realised it was scratched! So I set upon looking for it on Ebay and bought another copy so now I have 2!

      The film follows Jimmy aka "B Rabbit" (Eminem) as a semi-autobiographical role where he lives with his down and out mother in a trailer park and is struggling to be a rapper. As a kind of outcast, being that he is white he is spurred on by his best friend Future (Mekhi Phifer) to go forward in a rap battle and overcome his fears and failures and prove himself.

      I absolutely LOVE this film and not just because I love Eminem! I have followed his music career from the start in 1999 and he puts on an excellent acting performance playing the role of the Jimmy, striving to achieve more and raise himself from his trailer park. He comes up against all kinds of obstacles, that being having no money, not being socially accepted due to his skin colour and having people use him for their own wants and needs but he succeeds in his aim. He is totally convincing in this role and his emotion and desire plays out and you can't help but connect with him and want him to come out on top.

      Britanny Murphy plays his love interest, and she too is on top form as a hopeful wannabe actress with the same high hopes of achieving more in her life. The chemistry between the two is sizzling and the naughty scene between them is so realistic I have heard more than one rumour that they actually were a thing in real life and can imagine so! Without giving a spoiler it's a shame about the ending between the two of them, but it brings a more realistic aspect to the film and gives it more genuinity as not everything can be a happy ending I guess!

      Kim Basinger plays his mum, and she too is on top form as his slightly needy, desperate, broke mum. Anyone aware of Eminem's real life relationship with his mum of course will be aware of the stark difference between the two, but it's really good seeing the acting quality bounce of these two in their scenes together and it helps the film to tie in as lot's of relationships and dynamics are explored. Jimmy also has his crew of friends - mainly Future (Mekhi Phifer) who is like Eminem's real life close friend Proof who sadly passed away. His friends support his ambition to be a rapper, and whilst the rest of them are relatively unknown actors they all do solid performances and the entire film is completely credible and not like some of those singer/rapper-turned-actor 90 minutes of yarn you usually get.

      The DVD also comes with bonus extras like an interview with Eminem and Brian Grazer - the director and how they came with the concept of the film and some footage of filming. There are also some added rap battle scenes as they auditioned people to be in it and a music video from Eminem (completely random - Superman which is not in the film at all!) so these are a nice added touch.

      This can be bought on DVD from amazon for £4.50 which if you ask me is cheap as chips. If you're an Eminem fan you will love this, and if not I'd still recommend anyone who likes rap or even just a decent film about rags to...well almost riches to give it a go.

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        14.10.2012 00:54
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        An insightful and interesting film.

        I'm not a huge rap music fan and can name the amount of rappers I've heard of on one hand if I'm honest. I have heard a fair bit of Eminem's music as my granddaughter is very keen and I quite like the humour and/or stories he tells in his songs. When this film first came out I wasn't overly excited to watch it I just figured I'd get round to it and it's managed to take me ten years since it came out in 2002!

        I'm not sure if the film is meant to be about Eminem's life when he was starting out or if it is just about a fictional character in a similar situation. The film centres around Jimmy Smith Jr, also known as B-Rabbit. It follows his life struggling to make it as a rapper in a poorly paid job living at home with his mum. It shows the struggles with gangs and living in a rough neighbourhood whilst having big dreams.

        The acting in the film is really good. Aside from Brittany Murphy and Eminem, I didn't recognise the cast but my Granddaughter said there are some other big rapping names in there too. The acting in the film is good and there's some really fun dialogue throughout the film.

        The storyline isn't paticularly exciting aside from the rap battles which I found to be really nerve wrecking and good to watch. I felt like the lack of excitement made the film a little bit though as it's showing someone with big dreams struggling to get by and the bleak storyline helps you to sympathise and feel for B-rabbit for some reason.

        The music in the film is song's written by Eminem which I think is fitting given the storyline. I think it was a great idea to cast Eminem as he could do the singing and rapping for the film really well. The rap battles featured in the film are brilliant although I had to rewind and watch them all a couple of times to get to grips with what was being said as they're so fast. The lyrics are really good and made me smile.
        I think this film gave me a different outlook on rap music to be honest as I did just consider it to be talking really quickly and not very skillfull but I can't imagine how difficult it actually must be.

        I'm a fan of Brittany Murphy but didn't like her character in this film at all and I really wish they had cast someone else as I just really didn't think it suited her. She's quite glamorous and always plays a nice role in films that I've seen and its the one aspect of the movie I didn't like. I was suprised by Eminem's acting as I usually think that singers and actors should stick to what they're good at but I think he did a pretty good job in this film and would be interested to see him in something else.


        Overall, this is a good film. There's some good dialogue, action bits and music throughout and I think it makes it worth watching. It's an older film now so you can probably catch it on Sky movies like I did or buy the DVD for a couple of pound.

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          09.06.2010 12:51
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          Eminem almost typecast, but gives a good account.

          8 Mile is a film released in 2002 starring Eminem, Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger and directed by Curtis Hanson.

          The film is set against the backdrop of urban Detroit where young Jimmy Smith (Eminem) lives in a district called 8 Mile with his mum and younger sister. He moves in with his mum after he splits up with his girlfriend Janeane. Jimmy has aspirations of being a rap singer but being white trash from a trailer park he has to deal with other people's prejudices.

          Jimmy has a close circle of friends who support him and are made up of mixed race people. One of his friends is the MC at a club where every week there is rap battle. The film starts with Jimmy ready to take the stage, but where he freezes and loses confidence in himself.

          The story follows Jimmy as he takes on fresh employment and battles against prejudices from all around him. He meets a girl Alex (Brittany Murphy) one night and she shows an interest and gradually his friendship with her grows.

          To be a rap singer, Jimmy needs a demo to play to record companies to get his career started. Alex too wants a different life with aspirations of modeling.

          Eminem is very good as the central character and holds the piece together nicely. His acting is natural and it is as if he has personal experience to draw upon that makes his performance convincing.

          Kim Basinger is excellent as Stephanie. Her role as a mother on benefits bringing up a young daughter is also convincing. She wants to keep her man happy and sees him or a win at bingo as her escape from poverty (he awaits a settlement). Her desperate clinging to her meal ticket is just right. The boyfriend Greg (played by Michael Shannon) is superbly played, a user and leech who uses her for sex and winds up Jimmy at every opportunity.

          The late Brittany Murphy (died of cardiac arrest at age 32 last December) is also very good. Her character sees modeling as an escape from the slums of Detroit, but Alex is a pathetic hoper and believer in the word of other people.

          Overall I liked the film, I would give it 7/10. There is not too much swearing and at 115 minutes is just the right length. The performances hold the film together although the drama is not gripping enough and the rivalry between factions could be exploited more. Boyz in the Hood it is not.

          I was dreading a film score full of rap music, but is it is largely in the background and if anything is understated and perhaps this is a flaw too. In the attempt to make a mainstream film the core of the film that could have been gang rivalry and rap music is understated and the focus is on Jimmy and his relationships, particularly with Janeane, and this in itself is not compelling enough.

          Anyway, the film is currently available on DVD is £3.97 or Blue-Ray DVD £8.93 on Amazon.

          The cast
          Eminem - Jimmy B Rabbit Smith
          Brittany Murphy - Alex
          Mekhi Phifer - David Future Porter
          Kim Basinger - Stephanie Smith
          Evan Jones - Cheddar Bob
          Omar Benson Miller - Sol George
          De'Angelo Wilson - DJ Iz
          Eugene Byrd - Wink
          Taryn Manning - Janeane

          PS The film won 1 Oscar for Best Music - Original Song for the song Lose Yourself performed by Eminem.

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            10.03.2010 21:10
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            Very good film

            I watched this film a little sceptical. I do own 2 of eminems albums and do like some of his songs but i wasnt an over keen fan and after films such as The Cell and Soul Plane were other singers had turned to acting with very disappoint results i wasnt expecting to like the film at all. Im glad to say.... i was very impressed! The plot is not a biography of Martial Mathers, a.k.a. Eminem, but it is very much informed and guided by the experiences of his early career as a rapper in blue-collar and no-collar Detroit. Eminem is fantastic, not cocky in his performance at all. The soundtrack is fantastic and so are the rest of the cast... bar 1... Brittany murphy annoyed me quite a bit and frankly the girl needs a big mac meal. The end scenes where eminem was up against papa doc got me really excited and rooting for eminem to win. I liked the cameo scene with busta rhymes that was subtle but effective. Evan Jones character Cheddar Bob irritated me at first but after a while he grew on me and i kind of had a bit of a soft spot for his character.

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              15.10.2009 10:30
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              Good watching and enjoyable

              I have to say from the outset that I like Eminem and his music, so it's probably no great surprise that I like this film as well. However I did try to watch this film as a work in its own right, all allegiances aside. Eminem is very successful as a musician, so can he make it on screen? I think he can.

              This film follows a fictional character Rabbit trying to get somewhere with rapping in Detroit, similar to Eminem's own experiences. I think this film might have been better received by the critics if it wasn't for the hype beforehand. The difficult things Rabbit has to deal with in his own life echo Eminem's but he finds a voice and an outlet through rapping. The film builds towards the main rap competition of the finale. The soundtrack is great and is worth seeing the film for alone.

              The plot may not be gripping but the actual rap scenes are highly charged and entertaining. The acting is good and the characters are believable set against the Detroit industrial backdrop. The dialogue is true to setting yet not as good as the rapping, the rapping is clever and funny.

              Lose Yourself is the stand out track of the film, which won the Oscar. I enjoyed this film and recommend it especially for rap fans.

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                15.09.2009 20:49
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                A great drama

                note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

                There were probably few that expected a film starring Eminem to actually be any good, but miraculously, this is a cracking film with a knockout lead performance by the rapper. It's probably not going to rouse many viewers outside of his fanbase, but it stands on its own two feet as an impressive drama that takes a fascinating look at the underground rap world.

                Eminem plays Jimmy "B-Rabbit aka Bunny Rabbit" Smith, Jr, a young rapper trying to make it in the hyper competitive world of music. He frequently turns up to the 313, an underground rap club where wannabe rappers can participate in "rap battles", where two rappers have a minute to diss the other rapper. The battles are hosted by David "Future" Porter (Mekhi Pfeiffer), Rabbit's friend.

                The film doesn't just explore his competing against the cream of underground rap, such as tough competitor Poppa Doc, but also his personal turmoil, such as living in a trailor park with his down-and-out alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger) and verbally abusive stepfater. They struggle to find rent, and Rabbit is also concerned that his stepsister isn't being adequately cared for.

                In his travels, he comes across Alex (Britney Murphy), a young woman who takes an interest in Rabbit, and the two have an on-again off-again romance, whilst Rabbit tries to juggle his potential rap career too.

                It's a potent drama that takes an interesting look at a subject that people most often probably dismiss. Eminem surprised me in this film, in that he actually showed that he can act. The story dictates his character's struggle in a mature fashion, and the story is a highly interesting one. The rap battles are impressive, and this is a well-written piece with an intruiging payoff.

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                eminems journey to become a rapper

                i watched this film because i am a big fan of eminem and i was not disappointed. it is obvious that this film is biographical of eminems life and his struggles and obstacles that he faced throughout his life are apparent and we are able to see how he became a stronger person as he dealt with many problems. the film starts with eminem having a rap battle and his competition is a notorious gang that do not like eminem and his friends. after numerous confrontations with this gang we see eminem flip and attack one of the members... he later pays for his actions dearly as his daughter watched him get jumped in the street. some of the problems that eminem had to deal with because of his mum are also highlighted in this film. the end of the film is good because we finally see eminem get victory over the gang that have belittled him for so long.

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                  20.08.2009 23:53
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                  8 Mile isn't particularly a bad film, all in all, but it's hardly gripping either.

                  If hearing Eminem's voice on numerous radio stations and music television channels wasn't enough, director Curtis Hanson decided to create the rags-to-riches Hip-Hop musical 8 Mile to exhaust all mainstream possibilities and tell the world how great the white rapper is.

                  I don't really hate Eminem: Admittedly, I did enjoy some of the tracks on The Marshall Mathers LP (which I regard as the height of his career as a music artist). It's just that anything he has done since then seems like an excuse to make Hip-Hop more acceptable to a commercial audience. Gone are the days of him wanting to "Kill You": He now prefers to dress up as a superhero for the video of "Without Me", declaring himself as the saviour of popular music. After all, a white face at the forefront of the culture means more money for the A & R offices of the music industry. And if the people are willing to buy what's put in front of them, then the man is going to exploit his target audience as much as he can. Who needs street cred?

                  Primarily, 8 Mile is a film that the middle-class white youth, who feel rather rebellious after listening to the rapper extraordinaire, will lap up. The story is concerned with Jimmy Smith Jr., an aspiring rap artist who attempts to participate in live emcee battles, but chokes when it's his turn to freestyle. Winning these battles will get him noticed, which will hopefully then land him a record deal. There's a heated feud with the rival group of emcees entitled "Leaders of the Free World", who vent personal insults towards Rabbit and his dysfunctional trailer park family (which includes Kim Basinger as the Mother).

                  8 Mile's main theme is self-expression, and how it can overcome one's personal insecurities. Like poetry, rap is Rabbit's form of escapism: he desires to be authentic in his emotions, expressing himself on the microphone so that the whole crowd can hear. Easily the most exciting moments of the film come when Eminem is freestyling against other emcees. There's a moment when he moons the audience with his white anus following a verse, and later sticks his middle finger in the face of his rival -- making him seem like the controversial Eminem of old.

                  When he's not rapping, it's a stark contrast. "Rabbit", as his friends call him, is a timid fellow, walking around with his hood covering his head, rarely speaking, and stopping occasionally to write rhymes on his scruffy bits of paper. As an actor, Eminem is considerably lacking in charisma, and fails to make us believe his character has dreams that go beyond his dirty, trailer trash background. The scenes involving him, his mother and little sister have potential, but there's no emotional weight to them; they're just fillers before the big rap battles.


                  Actually, most of the characters in 8 Mile are pretty lame and uninteresting. The main group of friends never really do anything outside of going to rap battles, apart from sitting around and listening to music. Brittany Murphy is the token white trash girlfriend to Rabbit, who occasionally lurks in the background, anticipating the next move of her soon-to-be-star boyfriend. Scott Silver's script seems pretty convinced that we should be worshipping Eminem for all his greatness as a music artist, awaiting patiently on his next exciting rap battle, that we don't require any entertaining in between.

                  8 Mile isn't particularly a bad film, all in all, but it's hardly gripping either. Eminem fanboys will no doubt tell you that it's the best film they've ever seen, but for a more interesting look at Hip-Hop culture I'd recommend checking out Juice, New Jack City and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.

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                    20.08.2009 19:07
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                    good rap/hip hop drama film

                    Introduction

                    This film is about a young rapper trying to make it to the big time from humble beginnings in a poor neighbourhood in Detroit, Usa. It is somewhat based on the main actors real life. Eminem is from Detroit and grew up in the area but the film is not a completely factual account of his life story but is instead a fictionalised story with similarities to his own life.

                    Plot

                    The people of Detroit know 8 Mile as the city limit, a border, a boundary. It is also a psychological dividing line that separates Jimmy Smith Jr. from where and who he wants to be.Jimmy Smith Jr. also known as B-Rabbit (Eminem) is a wannabe rapper from the wrong side of Detroit's 8 Mile. He has to deal with a few problems in his life: he dumps his girlfriend when she tells him she's pregnant, to save money to make a demo tape he moves into his alcoholic mum's (Kim Basinger) trailer, he works in a dead end job, and he's just choked at the local head-to-head rap contest. Things improve when he meets Alex (Brittany Murphy) - an aspiring model headed for New York and a fast-talking friend (Mekhi Phifer) promises to set up a demo for him. Then he faces new setbacks and everything comes down to the next rap showdown at the club. Can B-Rabbit pull it out the hat and give the performance he needs?

                    Opinion

                    I found this film enjoyable and entertaining and there were some funny moments also. Don't go into it expecting all action and comedy though because it is not that kind of film. It is more of a drama. Eminem gives a good performance as the lead in his acting debut and there is a strong sense of realism in the role he plays. He is supported well by his romantic interest played by Brittany Murphy and Mekhi Phifer who plays his friend. The music in 8 mile is great and the title track lose yourself won an Academy Award for the Best Original Song and became the first film with a rap/hip-hop song to win an Academy Award.

                    As for the plot, it is not about Eminem's life. Eminem said it himself in an interview. Mekhi Phifer even said that he didn't want to do the movie because he thought it was about Eminem's life and that Hollywood was just trying to take advantage of a rising star, but this isn't the case. Even though there are certain things in the movie that relate to Eminem's life (e.g. 8 Mile Road,) this is certainly not an autobiography.

                    The film probably appeals more to the audiences that listen to Eminem's music but I think it can also be enjoyed by others. The music and rapping is great. Some of the acting isn't the best but overall it is very watchable and entertaining and has an inspring feel to it.


                    Film Details:

                    Directed by: Curtis Hanson

                    Produced by:

                    Curtis Hanson
                    Brian Grazer
                    Jimmy Iovine

                    Written by: Scott Silver

                    Starring:

                    Eminem
                    Kim Basinger
                    Brittany Murphy
                    Mekhi Phifer
                    Michael Shannon
                    Proof
                    Xzibit
                    Eugene Byrd

                    Music by Eminem
                    Jeff Bass
                    Proof
                    Obie Trice
                    Xzibit
                    50 Cent

                    Distributed by Universal Pictures

                    Release date(s) November 8, 2002

                    Running time 110 minutes (normal version)

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                      Great music and entertaining viewing. Watch this!

                      8 mile is one of those films you might want to poke at with a stick from a distance. Rap star Eminem in a movie about a guy trying to become a rapper. Sounds a bit dubious but you would be wrong. Strong acting from Eminem and good directing by Curtis Hanson leaves you with a rather good movie.

                      Eminem plays Bunny Rabbit a troubled kid who lives in a trailer with his mum Stephanie (Kim Basinger) whose best friend Future (Mekhi Phifer) runs rap battles at a hip hop club.

                      Rabbit does have a talent for it but the film opens with him choking and subsequently booed off stage. The film does have a Karate Kid feel to it with Rabbit and his friends going on a journey, fighting the odds and believing in himself. It's not as cliché as it sounds, honest.

                      Like every film there has to be a girl and this comes in the form of Brittany Murphy who plays Alex. Not really sure what purpose she really served but she performed well in this film.

                      I can't say there have been many films that have been improved with the presence of a rapper, take Ja Rule's appearances for example. However, Eminem really does make this movie particularly with his strong rapping ability.

                      This has a brilliant soundtrack and some amazing rap battles, especially the final one. Powerful stuff and compelling viewing this is a gritty movie with good acting and a strong presence. A must see.

                      B. Rabbit: I'm gonna turn around with a great smile, and walk my white ass back across 8 Mile.

                      Thank you for reading.

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                      12.06.2009 19:10
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                      A good movie from the biggest rapper of all time.

                      Made in 2002 but set in 1995, 8 Mile follows the life of Rabbit (Eminem) while he goes through his tough (and somewhat fictionalised) life in a trailer park, competing in rap battles around one of the roughest cities in the world; Detroit.

                      Rabbit, has had a very troubled upbringing, from his alcoholic and drug addicted Mother (Kim Basinger) and her extremely rocky relationship with a man who Rabbit went to school with, Rabbit doesn't really get on with his Mum at all. He also has to deal with his stage fright, he's a budding rapper and his closest friends can all see that he has phenomenal potential, yet when Rabbit hits the stage he chokes and gets booed off stage. He wants to be a rapper more than anything but can't find the courage to get up on the stage and compete in the rap battles. Can he gain enough confidence or will he choke once again?

                      8 Mile is a film that I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with ever since I first saw it when it was released way back in 2002. These aren't the sort of movies I'm into and have avoided 50 Cent's rip-off 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' like the plague and to be honest if it wasn't for the sheer fact that this movie centres around Eminem there's no way that I would have ever given it the time of day!

                      I've always been a huge fan of Eminem's music, I think he's fantastic at what he does and still to this day I don't think there's a lyricist on the scene who could outshine Eminem, you can throw all the Lil Wayne's and Kanye West's on the scene that you want and yet no one even comes close to the lyrical genius known as Marshall Mathers/ Eminem/ Slim Shady... I guess the more names you have the more success you will gain!

                      As much as I like Eminem, him as an actor just doesn't quite click for me, the reason he's done so well in the music industry is because he is THE best, there's no doubt about it. However his acting is dubious, I can't figure out whether playing yourself would be massively easy or massively difficult. I suppose normally when this semi-biographical films are released the person being portrayed isn't being played by the man or woman themselves, think Jamie Foxx in Ray. Eminem did manage to pave the way for these rapper biographical movies which is another thing that I can't seem to fathom out whether it's a good thing or not. The way he's made numerous rappers think that they can act is beyond me however he broke the mould and was probably one of the first to make the transfer from hip hop superstardom to potential A-List actor.

                      The thing about this sort of movie is that it is filled with clichés, whether true or not. The beginning of the film always sets the scene in which someone with obvious potential is living on a rough estate, coping with a tough family life and going through numerous other traumas in their lives, by the end of the film you know exactly what's going to happen and it becomes less uplifting and more of a cliché because you know what's going to happen and by the end of the film you're not really entirely bothered whether there's a good outcome or not.

                      Rabbit, although namely a fictional character is still loosely based on Eminem as a younger man, Eminem's acting is questionable at best. As he's playing himself I can't quite work out whether he's just a very bad actor that doesn't manage to make his 'character' likeable in the slightest or whether he's the bet actor in the world and he's not just playing himself in the movie but he actually IS himself in the film... either way it doesn't bode well for the rap superstar.

                      The role of Eminem's infamous Mother is played by Kim Basinger, who although is a veteran actress has never quite managed to make it onto the A-List and continues to appear in B movies, some good, some not so good. I do think that she did a really good job at portraying Rabbit's Mother in the film though. After hearing numerous songs from Eminem which show his Mother in a less than flattering light to put it nicely, the part of his Mother was always going to be a highly anticipated one and I think a veteran actress like Kim Basinger managed to take it completely in her stride. She portrays her character in two different lights; first there's the caring Mother who loves her son, then there's the alcoholic, drug addicted, waster who doesn't care about anything besides the former. This, if true gives us a very interesting insight into Eminem's Mother as she's one of the people that shaped Marshall Mathers into the man he is today. Without her we wouldn't have an Eminem or a Slim Shady and I'm sure there'll be people who would say that would be a good thing but I think it would be a shame to have missed out on such a raw talent.

                      The story is nothing original and although it can be uplifting at times it can also drag, the film runs for around 110 minutes which I feel could have been condensed a little to make a much more crisp film. I do however like how the film gives you a 'real' insight into the lives of people from that area and it really makes you appreciative of the kind of world that we in England are used to. This really puts the recession into perspective!

                      For me, the highlight(s) of this film has got to be the rap battles, if you're a fan of Eminem's quick witted lyrics then you'll love listening to the rap battles in this. For a serious film like this, it was a really nice touch to hear some of Eminem's trademark acid tongue lyrics and it makes for very entertaining an humorous viewing.

                      Overall, the only people I would recommend this to would be die hard fans of Eminem, for anyone else I would suggest avoiding this as it's likely it will be everything you hate about Eminem all rolled into one! If you're a fan of Eminem I'd highly recommend giving it a watch however you may only have the patients to watch it once so buying it on DVD may be a mistake.

                      However if you do buy it on DVD and decide that you're not going to watch it again, at £2.99 it's hardly going to break the bank so it could be a nice inclusion to your DVD collection. It's available from play.com

                      The special features include:
                      'Making Of' featurette
                      Rap battles
                      'The Music Of 8 Mile' featurette
                      Eminem 'Superman' music video
                      DVD-Rom features
                      Regions 2-4
                      Interactive menu
                      Scene access

                      The soundtrack is also available from play.com for £3.99. This is something I'd highly recommend, it's got 16 brilliant tracks on it which exude Eminem's raw rapping and lyrical talent all mixed in with his unique sense of humour. Eminem also became the first rapper ever to win an Academy Award for best film soundtrack with this CD so it's a great buy. The CD includes:
                      Lose Yourself - Eminem
                      I Just Want To Love You - Eminem/ Obie Trice / 50 Cent
                      8 Mile - Eminem
                      Adrenaline Rush - Obie Trice
                      Places To Go - 50 Cent
                      Rap Game - D12 / 50 Cent
                      8 Miles & Runnin - Jay Z / Freeway
                      Spit Shine - Xzibit
                      Time Of My Life - Macy Gray
                      U Wanna Be Me - Nas
                      Wanksta - 50 Cent
                      Wasting My Time - Boomat
                      R.A.K.I.M - Rakim
                      That's My Nigga For Real - Young Zee
                      Battle - Gangstarr
                      Rabbit Run - Eminem

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                        A great film and well worth watching

                        I normally tend to steer clear of films where the lead is played by someone who isn't an actor, but I'm glad I indulged in 8 Mile. Eminem, as an actor and a rapper, does credit to himself in this production. This is particularly impressive in light of a relatively weak supporting cast.

                        8 Mile follows the adventures of the somewhat unfortunate B-Rabbit (Eminem) and is gang of friends as Rabbit tries to weave himself into the rapping world; the culmination of this effort is Rabbit rapping off in a competition towards the end of the film. This is by far the best bit of the movie and really succeeds in drawing the audience into the film.

                        Should you watch it? Well, not if you're averse to profanity and despise rap, otherwise, this is definitely worth watching. Eminem puts in a fantastic performance, and apart from a few slow sections in the middle, the film goes through the motions with pace and interest. The plot, at its most basic level, is excellent, and will leave you with goosebumps at times.

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                          02.06.2009 15:27
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                          An excellent film that is truly deservant of the Oscar it has achieved.

                          I remember watching 8 mile when I was in the aeroplane flying to Florida and I literally watched it over and over again through the whole journey! The film itself is a in many ways a drama and a music DVD that is all about who many now know as Eminem. The DVD was originally released on the 18th March 2003 - (My birthday lol) and so I got this as a present. I absolutely love this film because of its autobiographical view point. I also really liked how the film contains some excellent music throughout such as "Lose youself" and many others. I was really supprised at just how good an actor Eminem was an Kim Basinger was also superb in the film. This film is an excellent one that is a must see for any Eminem fan and I would really recommend it!

                          8 Mile is a movie about the young rapper otherwise known as Marshall Mathers who is in Detroit. He really strugles to make his way through life and his life is full of terrible things including his mum being a prostitute. It shows the life of a white kid who had everything against him in this tough world and how he has now become a global superstar. There is also a romance introduced and the relationship between him and his child is touched upon. It really is an incredible story that is inspirational to watch, I loved it!

                          I really did like this film in many ways however, I didn't like the fact that there is almost swearing non-stop. I found it very interesting to see a whole film about an area that you may not otherwise know about and what people's lives there are like. The soundtrack to the film is phenominal and I really found it to be quite a moving and emotionally powerful film. It is not the happiest of films in many ways however it does show the beginning of a global rap superstar and for that I think this film is well respected. The film actually won an Oscar which is a clear indication of the standard of the movie. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!

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                          05.05.2009 22:51
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                          8 Mile

                          I have always enjoyed the albums by "Eminem" and must say that I really enjoyed this film. This film portrays the life of "Eminem", originally known as Marshall Mathers, before he became a well-known international rapper. This film is based on how he struggles for respect amongst his peers and the struggle he faces through different aspects in his life. He works as a factory worker, whom during various nights takes part in "rap battles", competing in rapping against other people. However, Marshall Mathers (known as B-Rabbit) doesn't give up and dreams of making it to the top and being a successful rap artist one day. He is very close with his friends and gets into confrontations with an opposing gang. B-Rabbit lives with his mom and has a daughter too. They come from a very poor area of Detroit and he accepts the fact that he lives in a trailer and known to some other as "white trash".
                          As he fights for his respect throughout the film, he constantly battles against other "rap artists" with a goal to win and make it to the top, making a career for himself and one day possibly live provide a better life for his daughter and family.

                          A very good film and much enjoyed.

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                            23.11.2008 02:03
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                            Just lose yourself in the music

                            8 Mile is a film about rap and how it proved to be the way out of rapper Eminem's poor childhood.
                            It is an underdog story and perhaps one of the most famous and popular music films to come out.
                            The film shows us how Eminem's meaningful lyrics ensure that he wins rap battles and shows everyone that a white boy can make it in the world of rap.

                            The film stars Eminem as B-Rabbit and Kim Basinger as his mum. There are also many other supporting actors, such as X-hibit, who were good choices for roles and made the film seem real.
                            The film is very much like Eminem's life story who had a poor childhood and how his music was the way out of poverty for him. Eminem really connects with his character resulting in this brilliant film.
                            I absolutely love this film because he has already gone through it so it is like his character is what he used to be. H is noo doubt the msot famous and successful white rapper ever and fair play to him for believing in himself and his lyrics.
                            Just lose yourself in the music the moment you want it you better never let it go.

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                          The much discussed semi-autobiographical tale of rapper Eminem and the rough upbringing that made him a star. Stars Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, and Evan Jones. Directed by Curtis Hanson.