ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – # – 8 Mile (2002)

Director: Curtis Hanson

Writer: Scott Silver (Screenplay)

Starring: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller, Michael Shannon

 

Plot: A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.


Tagline –  If the streets had a voice, this would be the story they’d tell.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Rap Based Drama

 

Story: 8 Mile starts as we head to Detroit to follow Jimmy B-Rabbit Smith (Eminem) as along with his friends David ‘Future’ Porter (Phifer) Cheddar Bob (Jones), Sol George (Miller) are trying to make an impact in the raping world, this world is dominated by the black community though he does have the skills.

The world is filled with gangs that are out for control, Jimmy must deal with his mother Stephanie (Basinger) and her problems as well as meeting a new love in Alex (Murphy), we follow as he is desperate to get out of the town which has held back man before.

 

Thoughts on 8 Mile

 

Characters – Jimmy B-Rabbit Smith is a young man who aspires to be a rapper, he is from the wrong side of town in Detroit, where he is given a chance to prove himself in the underground rap battle world, where any wrong move could be his last move with the gangs around him. He has the close friends that will watch his back, while working a dead-end job for any money he can get. Stephanie Smith is the mother of Rabbit, she is dating an aggressive man around he sons age and struggling to pay the rent to keep the roof over her daughter’s head. She does try to do the best things but has her own personal demons holding her back. David is the closest friend to Jimmy, he offers him the chance he wants to reach the next level but also needs to be the one to stop him making the mistakes in his life. Alex is the new romance in Jimmy’s life, she dreams of leaving too, to become a model which helps the to connect on a level unlike what Jimmy is used to.

PerformancesEminem is strong in this leading role, there are a few moments where he does look lost, one second too long for fight sequences, but the emotional levels he shows good. Kim Basinger is good in her role which shows that we have the most experience from her. Mekhi Phifer continued his rise in the early 2000s with this performance where he shows his ability to blend into any film. the whole cast performers well through the film with talent that went onto bigger things.  

StoryThe story shows the struggles of a young man trying to break into the world of rapping in the mean streets of Detroit, he is from the wrong side of the town and the gangs are always dangerous. Seeing the struggles for everyday life is very interesting to see unfold, however I was expecting something different with more rap battles. If you are a fan of the underground rap scene this will be a story that you want to watch.

MusicThe music in the film starts with a battle rap and I was expecting more as the song Lose yourself did win Best Oscar Song.

SettingsThe film shows us just how difficult growing up in Detroit can be, we feel the tension and feeling of abandonment the city is feeling.


Scene of the Movie –
Battle rap.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not enough rapping.

Final ThoughtsThis is a look at the mean streets of Detroit in the battle rap world where every corner could be dangerous.

 

Overall: The rap world unfolded.

Rating

 

 

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The Book Of Eli (2010)

logoDirector: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Writer: Gary Whitta (Screenplay)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Evan Jones, Joe Pingue

 

Plot: In a post-apocalyptic world a lone survivor Eli (Washington) travels across America to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. Eli’s journey gets interrupted when he enters a small town full of survivors and he ends up having an altercation with the leader of the town Carnegie (Oldman) who is hunting for a certain book. Eli ends up working with Solara (Kunis) to escape Carnegie and his henchmen led by Redridge (Stevenson).

 

Verdict: End of the world meets comic book violence

Story: Surviving the end of the world can be hard to create, but I feel this one could be considered one of the better ones on the commercial audience. When you compare it to the real feel of the Road the story comes off a bit short. The characters have mystery and the overall fight for a bible shows that even after we have destroyed each other through war we still fight for a book that leads us with blind faith. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Denzel Washington – Eli the lone traveller who is travelling one direction West, he is also very skilled fighter but still has one mystery he keeps close to him. Good performance from Washington that gives him a chance to be in a less serious film. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Gary Oldman – Carnegie the leader of a small community that hunts for his own bible and will use anyone to get what he wants. Oldman has played some of the most iconic villains in history, this is not one of his best but still evil enough. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Mila Kunis – Solara the daughter of Carnegie’s love interest who escapes the community with Eli. This is disappointing supporting role clearly overacting throughout. (4/10)

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Actor Review: Ray Stevenson – Redridge the leader of Carnegie’s henchmen who also has an interest in Solara. Basic henchman like role, doesn’t have anything that makes him memorable. (6/10)

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Director Review: The Hughes Brothers – Good direction to a film that is enjoyable but not memorable. (7/10)

 

Action: Some great fight scenes and large fire fights. (9/10)

Adventure: The idea of travelling through end of the world adds adventure to the story. (7/10)

Special Effects: Good special effects with the world creation and deaths. (8/10)

Believability: The world could be the aftermath of a war in the nuclear age. (1/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The post-apocalyptic world is created very well to create a great feel in the settings. (9/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest trying this, you may also enjoy this is you are a fan of the Fallout games. It has violence toned down for the more casual viewer too. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Eli’s fights.

Worst Part: Slow moving.

Action Scene Of The Film: The Bar fight.

Kill Of The Film: Redridge

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Similar Too: The Road, Fallout Games

 

Overall: Post-apocalyptic let down

Rating 65

Mirrors 2 (2010)

Director: Victor Garcia
Writer: Matt Venne
Starring: Nick Stahl, Emmanulle Vaugier, Evan Jones, Christy Carlson Romano, William Katt, Lawrence Turner, Stephanie Honore, Jon Michael Davis, Wayne Pere, Lance E. Nichols, Ann McKenzie, Jennifer Shakeshaft

Story Max Matheson (Stahl) has had an accident that killed his fiancee Kayla (Shakeshift) after this he starts seeing things in mirrors. He gets help from Dr Beaumont (Mckenzie) who give the whole people believe souls could be trapped in mirrors and things are getting over analysed. After Henry Schow (Jones) leaves the job as a night watchman due to an experiences with a mirror leading to him cutting his face up, Jack Matheson (Katt) Maz father offers him a job as the watchman.

On the first night he starts seeing a certain mystery girl who turns out to be a missing ex employee Eleanor Reigns (Honore) Maz also starts seeing the gruesome deaths of some of the higher ups in the company. After finding a missing poster for Eleanor he phones her sister Elizabeth (Vaugier) and the two of them investigate what happened to Eleanor.

Verdict Meant to be a sequel to Kiefer Sutherland’s original which was an average horror with good twist to say the best, this film doesn’t live up to the original at all with no follow up to what actually happened at the end of the first one. It is basically following the Saw franchise good first movies with great twist and then just looking for gore, gore, gore in all future outings. Nick Stahl is better than straight to DVD films and does his best to make something out of a rather plain story. Serial straight to DVD girl Emmanuelle Vaugier seems to be a main character without actually having any real belief in what is going on and is a tame damsel in distress.
Story Mark 3/10 Been done so many times and this one is poor
Special Effects Mark 6/10 Some good effects on the death scenes but nothing truly original
Horror Mark 5/10 No real scares just the usual look up see something turn round nothing there

Star Performances Nick Stahl acts well to a poor story can see he plays the regret ridden lead man

Least Favourite Character Most of the higher up employees who snuff it

Best Part I guess that i like a good investigation type movie and its ABC for that

Worst Part The fact it doesn’t explain what happened at the end of the first one

My Rating 45%