Empire 2002

Empire

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In terms of the gangster genre, Empire's story is yet another tired retread.

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For Victor Rosa (John Alberto Leguizamo), that blunt world-view has come to define his life. A Latino hustler from the South Bronx, Victor has worked his way up the neighborhood ladder to become a crew leader for Joanna "La Columbiana" Menendez (Isabella Rossellini). But after narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Victor realizes that he needs to get out of the Bronx, both for himself and for his girlfriend, Carmen (Sonia Braga), the only thing more important to him than money.

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Critic Reviews for Empire

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (80)

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  • Aug 01, 2012
    I was really disappointed with this one. I really didn't like the writing. First off, the story was way to simple and uninteresting. It had good potential but just didn't deliver. The conclusion was a little to weak. The acting was okay. Mostly only by the main actors and not the supporting cast. But I have seen worse. The directing was okay. Although I did not like the the way the shooting scenes where directed. The production values where okay as well. Nothing special and overall this film is not that great.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2012
    Tragic story but the message is pretty clear, crime does not pay
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2011
    Familiar, yes. Cliched, yes. But the leads make it watchable, even mostly entertaining, with the bulk of that credit going to John Leguizamo.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2008
    Good film, great performance by John Leguizamo.
    Chosen 7 Super Reviewer

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