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      22.08.2014 00:14
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      Sex drugs and rap

      The film

      After it shows you Marcus had been shot the film goes back to his childhood. Marcus starts telling us that his mother was selling drugs, so that she could give him a good lifestyle and give him what he wanted. Which he did not mind what she did because she gave him the best she could in life. Until one day she was murdered. Marcus has to get used to his mother not been around, and not been able to get the things that he used to get from his mother.
      Marcus got into what he called the family business, and starts selling drugs, to be able to do what his mother did and buy nice things. With Majestic trying to keep him off the streets and advise him in the right direction. After getting into a scuffle Marcus buys himself a gun for protection. Which is found by his grandpa who is not happy about having a gun in his house. Then when Marcus is arrested for drugs, he falls out with his grandpa and moves out.

      He was saying that now he has his own space he can follow his dream of becoming a rapper. But after only three hours of trying to make up a rap, he gave it up and went back to selling drugs. More happens in the film, but will he eventually try again to follow his dreams, and become a rapper. I will not say much more, as I do not want to spoil it.

      The acting
      I found the acting in all parts of the film to be really good, I did not think that any role in the film was better or worse than any of the others, they all played their parts well, and was all needed equally in the film, to be as god as it was. I found there to be no bad acting in the film at all, they was all great to watch.

      My opinion
      I really enjoyed watching this film, the acting was good, and I enjoyed the story to. I was finding myself wondering just what would happen next. It was not like I expected when I read up on the film, I expected it to be more about music, but there was loads more to this film, than just rapping.

      I would recommend this for a watch. I thought it was a good film, there was nothing bad I could say about it. The storyline was good and so was the acting. What more could you need.

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      25.08.2009 10:28
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      Rap based film

      This film is based around the life of rap star 50 Cent and has the rapper, named by his mother as Curtis Jackson in the lead role and demonstrating that his talents probably sit best as a live performer rather than in front of the camera being asked to convey dialogue and emotions because he is not good in the lead role of this film.

      I quite like his music so watched the film out of mild interest and the character Jackson plays is seen growing up in a tough gang ridden neighbourhood and rather too easily for my liking he comfortably falls into the life of a crack dealer for the local Mr big. Losing his mother at an earl age is offerred up as one of the reasons for his career choice however all the time he really wants to be a rap star and this brings him into conflict as he raps about the street and drug dealing and this means he attracts the wrath of other gang members as well as having to deal with an ongoing fued with a rival Latin American gang.

      To be honest the plot is pretty predictable and the acting rather wooden and filled with cliches that you just have a feeling you have seen it all before which to be honest you have with films like New Jack City and oters covering this ground before and most of the time better.

      The flm has its violent moments and a really ridiculous ending where even then Jackson fails to show any emotion so for me this is not a film I would recommend.

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        22.08.2009 22:29
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        Not at all what I expected

        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.

        Plot
        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.

        Cast
        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

        Special features
        - A portrait of an artist
        - Theatrical Trailer

        My Opinion
        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.

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          18.08.2009 23:50
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          Shocking film

          I went to see this at the cinemas when first released in 2005. Directed by Jim Sheridan, Curtis Jackson '50 Cent' stars as a fictionilised character of himself named Marcus. Marcus is a quite young boy who adores mother, but when she is brutally murdered after an apparent drug deal gone wrong. After this Marcus starts to follow the same route and even leaves school to be a drug dealer. Marcus does this to help his dreams as a rapper be realised. After being in jail Marcus decides to give up drug dealing and pursue his dreams of becoming a rapper. But, does the local 'kingpin' let him do this...

          This is a spectacular film, and I did not know any of this until seeing the film. Although, I knew bits of 50 Cent's childhood I did not realise the battle/ risks he had to endure befoe making it.

          This really shocked me an I was quite upset as to what he suffered in his lifetime. I was however a little worried as to how 50 Cent's acting really would be, and I have to say that I was pleasantly suprised.

          This is an amazing film I don't think I have any bad points on this film.

          Strongly Recommend

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            18.08.2009 15:04
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            Great film, was not expecting it to be this good.

            Get Rich or Die Tryin' is a fictional version of Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson's life. Curtis plays himself as an adult, i love 50 Cent but was a bit sceptical of what his acting would be like but i just had to watch it because he is gorgeous. I was pleasantly suprised at how well he can act though, at not one point in the whole film did i think he wasn't up to much.

            The film is about Marcus, 50 cent, whoes mother gets murdered, he has to move him with his grandparents and all his cousins and Aunts and Uncles. He doesn't cope well with his mother's death and finds it hard to go from having everything to nothing and decides to start drug dealing. He ends up in prison and writes a few lyrics when he is in there.
            When he is released he says he is not drug dealing again and wants to try and make it as a rapper. The people who he used to drug deal for don't want to let him go as he was one of their main earners, resulting in a near fatal shooting that may destroy his life forever!

            This film was not as i expected, i thought it would be a bit like 8 Mile Eminem's film, but it was not at all. I love this film so much and watch it over and over again. I don't have anything bad to say about the film. Everything in this film is exceptional from the acting to the music and it give a real insight to just how hard people have had it. It is very inspirational, showing that no matter how low you are, if you really want to achieve your dream then you can do it. Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson shows that this is true and can be done.

            100% recommended!

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            07.06.2009 10:46
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            One to avoid at all costs.

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            Generally speaking "Get Rich Or Die Tryin" (2005) wouldn't be my type of movie, but my teenage daughter wanted to watch it, and the fact that it was directed by Jim Sheridan, the excellent Irish director, made me think it couldn't be all bad. How wrong I was!

            On paper, this film just had to be a winner. It followed the somewhat unexpected success of the 2003 movie "8 Mile" starring Eminem which instead of turning out to be some sort of self-praising vanity project turned out to be an engrossing yarn about somebody pulling themselves up by their bootstraps after a less than privileged childhood.

            I suppose it was Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson's less than salubrious background that might have swung Jim Sheridan to take on this project. A former drug dealer who ended up being shot no less than nine times but who then went on to make a successful career as a hip-hop star is a scriptwriter and director's dream. Indeed, the movie also had a very successful scriptwriter in Terence Winter, who wrote the highly acclaimed TV series the "Sopranos".

            The film supposedly takes very little dramatic license with Marcus Jackson's life story, and is about 80% accurate. It opens by showing us Jackson as he is getting ready to mount a heist on a Colombian drug gang's hideout. The robbery goes according to plan and Marcus drives back to his grandmother's house, but here his luck runs out and he ends up being shot a number of times as he gets out of his car.

            The movie then enters flashback mode, and we see Jackson's unfortunate childhood; growing up with no father in the household, the death of his drug-dealing mother, his own introduction into a life of crime, and his abiding love of hip-hop and his girlfriend Charlene (Joy Bryant) who has loved since he was a kid.

            Quite why Jim Sheridan chose this project as a follow-up to his superb Oscar-nominated movie about Irish immigration to the USA, "In America" is hard to fathom, other than the fact that he seems to enjoy directing movies about the underdog making good in life. Unfortunately he seems to have chosen a real turkey in Get Rich Or Die Tryin' not least because Curtis Jackson simply isn't an actor. He may look good and be a highly acclaimed and successful hip-hop star, but he has the screen presence of a sleeping seagull and simply couldn't cut it in the lead role, even if it was his own life story. The other actors, Terrence Howard as his friend Bama and Akinnuoye-Agbaje as the bitter and twisted drug lord Majestic, act him off the screen and show him up as the amateur he truly is.

            The only time you actually feel a shred of sympathy for Marcus is in the early childhood scenes of the movie. Once he enters adulthood and no matter how desperate the situation he finds himself in all you end up worrying about is how much longer you are going to have to put up with this self-indulgent crap.

            If you're a fan of Jim Sheridan's movies then I'd advise you to give this one a wide berth. (I'm sure he's doing his level best to forget it himself!) And even if you're a fan of '50 Cent' Jackson's music you'd be better advised to go and spend your money on one of his CD's rather than totally waste it on this dreadful movie.

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            Director: Jim Sheridan

            Starring: Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Terrence Howard, Marc John Jeffries and Bill Nunn.

            Running Time: 117 minutes

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              02.05.2009 18:39
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              Worth picking up if you can get it cheap

              Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is a film that is based loosely on the highly publicised story of Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson. In the film, he plays a character called Marcus, a boy whose mother was killed after a squabble relating to her drug dealing ways. Marcus swears revenge on her killer knowing that some day he will get even. His story takes him from a young boy living with his grandparents to a life of selling drugs on a street corner to trying to make his living as a rap artist, all while still focused on getting payback for his mother.

              Overall the film wasn't bad. 50 cent wasn't asked to play a character he was unfamiliar with since it was basically himself. This meant that he could stay in his comfort zone and deliver a decent performance to make his character seem mostly believable. Some parts of his character didn't keep to this, especially the parts where he was still supposed to be acting around 16/17 while looking like he does currently.

              The story would probably be considered to be unbelievable if large parts of it hadn't already happened in real life. While I'm sure the creators took every opportunity to embellish the story, they already had the framework with which to work.

              Terrence Howard, Joy Bryant and the brilliantly named Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr Eko from Lost) add familiar faces to the cast and each bring good acting and credibility to the film.

              Although the film won't be won't be at the top of most peoples recommended list, its not bad at all. Some other reviews I've read before buying it said it was terrible but this definitely isn't the case. I think it helped that until he can improve his acting skills, 50 cent wasn't asked to do too much, but what he did have to do, was all done well. Musically you get what you'd expect. A lot of hiphop music, with most coming from the main man himself. It's not a deep film that makes you think too much but it's not a simple action film either. The struggle to make it from nothing to something is always interesting to watch.

              I was able to pick this up for under £5 from HMV but I'm sure it's probably the same on Amazon. It's not too expensive and will easily pass a few hours for you.

              7/10

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                14.03.2009 09:00
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                Not a good film

                This is the acting debut of Curtis Jackson otherwise known as 50 Cent the famous rap artist who has had a string of chart hits. To be honest the only reason I watched this was inertia on the sofa last night after a long week at work and a need to unwind, plus the other half is a fan of his music and wanted to watch the film.

                The whole plot is meant to be semi autobiographical and in that sense is similar to 8 Mile which starred Eminem, as far as lots for this type of film goes it was full of predictable stereotypes and from a personal stand point I found it hard to have sympathy or care for a lead character who is a crack dealer and enjoyed for a shot time the fruits of that lifestyle, the attempts to gain sympathy for him due to the loss of his mother and the raising of his own family were stiff and forced which are also good ways of describing his acting ability.

                The film follows the attempts of Marcus the lead character to make a success of his singing career after a prison sentence and attempt on his life for dealing drugs however he is in conflict with the drug dealer who controls his local area and a rival Columbian gang.

                This is not a film I would recommend, the only redeeming quality is the excellent sound track but other than that it is weak and predictable with little else to offer.

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                  21.11.2008 22:07
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                  Decent as a pass time I guess

                  I think this is the most 'Cliche' movie ever made. Rap superstar 50 cent(Curtis Jackson) follows in the footsteps of Eminem and his semi biography film 8 Mile. "Whilst this movie is based loosely on 50 cent's own life, the results leave you feeling a little, umm, short changed. "

                  50 cent is forced to deal drugs in order to survive and literally every scene in this movie is made to persuade the audience to feel sympathy for 50 or any form of empathy. The movie plays out like a greatiests hits selection of his tracks and takes in the usual gangsta rivalries, bloodshed and attempted sob story.

                  However what makes this film most dissapointing, is the cliched script, which reduces each character into a stereotype and 50 cent produces a very flat performance that is worthy of no credit. "Without a charismatic leading man to guide it, the film struggles to maintain a worthwhile rhythm and ends up sounding like a broken record with nothing new to say."



                  Any parts quoted taken from BBC

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                  31.05.2008 18:55
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                  Don't waste your money unless you a real fan of this rapper.

                  I have no idea why I watched this except that it was in a box of DVD's that was given to me by a friend. After all, 50 Cent is hardly my kind of guy!

                  This film was inspired by his life and it tells the usual tale of growing up in the Bronx, at the rough end of town with drugs, guns and rap. 50 Cents plays Marcus who is just a kid but he has been around violence from his early years.

                  His mother has been murdered in a fire set by a rival drug dealer and he doesn't know who his father is and at 14, Marcus arms himself with a gun and starts selling drugs too.

                  The acting is full of attitude but shows very little aptitude. 50 Cents Jackson is no actor, in fact he isn't a singer either, in my opinion, but I guess that's a matter of taste. The acting side of things just doesn't work in this film and the drama never quite makes it.

                  Marcus sells dope, buys a gun, buys a microphone, goes to prison, gets shots, makes a movie that nobody wants watch. That about sums the whole thing up. You don't even need to watch it now unless you are some kind of masochist because it really is painful to sit through. Awful!

                  If you are into this kind of film get 8 mile, or Hustle & Flow, I didn't like either but they are far better than this. (I guess it's a generation thing!)

                  This is an MTV production made by Director, Jim Sheridan, who directed such epics as My left Foot and In America. It's hard to imagine that a director of such great talent could throw out rubbish like this. The only actor worth a mention is Ashley Walters who plays Antwan, who is 50 Cents friend.

                  Too much bad language and filthy talk and violence for me. This is why this has a 15 certificate. Yes, I was aware of the kind of material that 50 Cents 'sings', so I shouldn't have been surprised by the content.


                  Cast: 50 Cents Jackson
                  Terrence Howard
                  Joy Bryant
                  Bill Duke
                  Ashley Walters


                  Director: Jim Sheridan

                  Producer: Sheridan and co.

                  Paramount/Interscope/Shady/Aftermath and MTV films-UIP
                  116 minutes
                  USA 2005
                  Released: 20 January 2006
                  Certificate: 15

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                    Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)

                    Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the 2005 semi-autobiographical movie from Curtis '50 cent' Jackson, directed by Jim Sheridan.

                    The Plot

                    Marcus is a gang member in the Bronx. When he is shot, he reminisces about his life and how he got to this stage in his life. The film tracks back and chronicles his life from a young boy to growing up and joining gang life and working his way up with a love and talent for music, and also one for drugs.

                    The Cast and Performances

                    There are some really outstanding performances in this film. 50 cent is not the world's greatest actor, but he does very well in a role which is said to mirror his own life. There is a good supporting performance from Terrence Howard as Marcus' friend and manager Bama, and one from Joy Bryant as love interest Charlene, but it is Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (better known as Mr Eko in 'Lost') as Majestic who steals this show with his performance as a drugs baron.

                    My Opinion

                    This is not the best film ever made, it doesn't even come close, but it entertained me all the way through. The plot is a good one, and it is well directed by Sheridan. The soundtrack is very good, with 50 cent's music mixed up with a fine collection of other artists' work. The performances fit the film, and the anxiety and message about guns and drugs hits home hard as we see the effects these dangerous things can have.

                    A well made film thgat kept me entertained.

                    I rate this film at 3 stars out of 5.

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