Marcus: I'm a gangsta grandpa and I'm proud of it.
"At the end of the day, what will you hold on to?"
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is a nice try I guess. 50 Cent is someone whose been in a lot of movies(granted most are direct to dvd garbage) since this, but that I still don't really view as a serious actor. It's kind of hard to here with the performance he throws out to. He's so dull and lifeless. His character is interesting, but very little comes out of his performance. The film is helped by a supporting cast that has some good names like Terrance Howard and Viola Davis. But when your leads performance is so dead, it brings the whole film down with it.
This follows the life of a gangsta who lost his mother(a drug dealer) at a young age. He was forced to move in with his grandparents and live in the basement. He hid the fact that was dealing drugs and involved in the thug life for as long as he could, but soon he leaves home and starts his own life of trying to get money. He's taken under the wing of a more experienced thug and starts getting all the respect of the neighborhood. But what Marcus wants more than anything else is to be a rapper.
This is a movie that is similar to, but not nearly as good as, Hustle & Flow. This one is more dramatic about how bad the life of the street is, but it's still less effective. I liked the movie for what it is I guess. It has an interesting story and is entertaining, but nonetheless it fails because of a lead that doesn't really move us.
This is a decent try and all, but there's much better movies about how bad the life of a gangsta is. I enjoyed it to a degree, but it's something I'll probably never revisit. It's worth a look, I guess, as long as you find the subject material interesting. Just don't expect a whole lot.