Snipes (2002)



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Music video director Richard Murray makes his feature debut with this hip-hop crime thriller about an ambitious kid caught in the shady underworld of the recording industry. Sam Jones III (Erik Triggs) is a wannabe rap artist working menial jobs at Ill Wax Records by day and sneaking into the studio and laying down some tracks by night. His activities have already attracted the welcome attention of Cheryl (Zo Saldana), a bodacious marketing executive. Meanwhile, the company's villainous president Bobby Starr (Dean Winters) is bullying rap phoneme Prolifik (Nelly) into doing his debut record Bobby's way. On the same night that Sam and his buddy Malik sneak into the studios, Prolifik and his master tapes are abducted and soon the prime suspect appears to be none other than Sam. With the wrathful Starr on his tail and the cops closing in, Sam is forced to find the crook responsible the crime and fast. This film played at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
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Sam Jones III
as Erik Triggs
as Prolifik/Clarence
Dean Winters
as Bobby Starr
Zoe Saldana
as Cheryl
Joel Garland
as Ceaser
Schoolly D
as Tony
Mpho Koaho
as Malik
Carlo Alban
as Bugsy
Frank Vincent
as Johnnie Marandino
as Tony
Johnnie Hobbs Jr.
as Mr. Triggs
Ophelia M. Turner
as Malik's Grandmother
Jessica Rodríguez
as Receptionist
Heather Hunter
as Lucinda
Kevin Anthony
as Motel Clerk
Larry Mendte
as TV Anchor
Andy Ranley
as Engineer
Bill Grimsley
as Bystander at Crime Scene
Pace Won
as Gunman Outside Tenament No. 1
Young Zee
as Gunman Outside Tenament No. 2
Christopher Crotty
as Starr's Goon in Studio
Jonathan Dunmeyer
as Goon with Shotgun
Travis Jacobs
as Trix's Friend
Tiffany Jackson
as Stripper in Bar
William Maddox
as Kid on Scooter
Nick Abate
as Marandino's Gunman
James Silvagni
as Marandino's Driver
Sal Darigo
as Old Man at Card Table
Fred Dalton Thomas
as Security Schooly
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Critic Reviews for Snipes

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

Snipes relies too much on a scorchingly plotted dramatic scenario for its own good.

October 4, 2002
Detroit News
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A loud, low-budget and tired formula film that arrives cloaked in the euphemism 'urban drama.'

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Detroit Free Press
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Undone by its overly complicated and derivative screenplay, the glacier-paced direction and the stereotypical characters.

September 24, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Highly watchable stuff.

September 20, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Snipes is both a snore and utter tripe.

September 20, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Involving at times, but lapses quite casually into the absurd.

September 20, 2002
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Snipes


There's nothing new or fresh that this movie offers but it isn't all bad. A few good performances and story that is sometimes interesting make this, depending on your taste, a passable flick.

Jake Peffer
Jake Peffer

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