Biggie and Tupac (2002)
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Critic Reviews for Biggie and Tupac
Compulsively watchable and endlessly inventive as it transforms Broomfield's limited materials into a compelling argument.
You don't need to know your Ice-T's from your Cool-J's to realize that as far as these shootings are concerned, something is rotten in the state of California.
Broomfield's style of journalism is hardly journalism at all, and even those with an avid interest in the subject will grow impatient.
Most of the information has already appeared in one forum or another and, no matter how Broomfield dresses it up, it tends to speculation, conspiracy theories or, at best, circumstantial evidence.
Bristles with the sort of passion and bold purpose so often lacking in contemporary nonfiction filmmaking.
Audience Reviews for Biggie and Tupac
A great discussion brought forward by the film makers from those who knew the rappers well on the potential conspiracy behind their deaths.
Investigative documentary maker Nick Broomfield looks into the murders of the gangster rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. What would look like a retaliation killing, seemingly appears to be much more. Broomfield interviews various people involved in the investigation that never really happened and tries to draw his own conclusion. Similar to the Kurt & Courtney documentary, what he delivers is mostly interesting speculation and the story remains very inconclusive. Also he doesn't actually uncover anything that hasn't been stated already. It feels like a topic he just lost interest in due to not coming up with anything new.
From the same documentarian that brought you Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam and Kurt & Courtney, comes our favorite conspiracy theorist with some interesting theories and oft-repeated questions about the murders of famous rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Though Broomfield's films definitely have a low quality feel to them, the man also presses issues and asks the uncomfortable questions most people would be afraid to ask if they actually got to face the people who could give them those answers. This man travels into Biggie's and Tupac's childhood neighborhoods with no protection to ask their friends what they were like, what their opinions of the murders were, and even goes to prison to visit Suge Knight himself. Knight even references the Heidi Fleiss documentary, demanding that he not be made a fool like she was. Broomfield brings up an interesting theory: was Tupac murdered by his father figure Suge Knight because he wanted to leave Death Row Records? And did Knight have Biggie murdered to make their deaths look connected? Though only a handful of people agree with/confirm his theory, Broomfield makes a VERY convincing argument that keeps you hooked and helps you overlook the grainy look of his film.
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