Get Rich or Die Tryin' Reviews
"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.
While it seems like another movie by someone who shouldnt be acting, if you give it a true chance, youll think otherwise.
Can a rapper act? I think he did a fairly good job, nothing outstanding, but it really wasn't the type of film for best performer, more of a realistic storyline, which was pretty interesting.
I doubt very much people will watch this film, if you're not interested in Hip-hop or 50 Cent, so it may only entertain a small audience.
VERDICT: A very watchable film
[font=Century Gothic]...when he was a kid, his mother(Serena Reeder) paid the bills by dealing drugs and he would be left in the care of his grandparents in a crowded household. That situation would become permanent after his mother is brutally murdered. Now, having to find some way to pay for the nicer things in life, especially sneakers, he turns to dealing drugs on the street. And the identities of his mother's killer and father will elude him for years to come...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Get Rich or Die Tryin'" is a violent and gritty tale of the drug trade that neither glamorizes nor glorifies the gangster lifestyle. The movie makes a subtle statement against the easy money of drugs, taking into consideration the price that the larger community has to pay in return. And, of course, violence never solves anything. But the ending is contrived in trying too hard to resolve everything neatly.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Jim Sheridan directs with verve. 50 Cent gives a charismatic performance while Terrence Howard steals the movie playing a volatile character.[/font]
I would say it is not worth even thinking about seeing, but for one fantastic scene, taking place in the prison showers, where in one unbroken take the entire hip-hop glorification of prison is demythified.
Asll in all, not a good film by any stretch of the imagination.