Get Rich Or Die Tryin

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Get Rich Or Die Tryin
Review (6.5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the movie that is loosely based on the life story of rapper 50 Cent. I saw 50 on David Letterman last night and he claims it is about 75% true to his life which, if that is the case, the dude should probably be in jail and not making millions of dollars selling his gangsta rap. Nevertheless, Get Rich is basically the chronicles of an inner-city thug who grows up fatherless, has a mother who sells drugs as a form of income and he more or less follows the same path to the "dark side" until he spends some time in jail and has a naked wrestling match in the shower with three other convicts. It is then that Marcus (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) decides that a life of crime and violence is no longer his destiny and he pursues his dream of becoming a famous rapper. He calls himself Little Ceasar. Marcus hires a former jailmate, who was incidentally involved in the naked wrestling match, named Bama (Terrence Howard) as his manager and the former gangstas set out to find themselves a new life. Unfortunately, Marcus's checkered past comes back to haunt him as he must avoid the wrath not only of a drug kingpin named Majestic (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) but also of a Columbian drug gang. Eventually he finds himself staring down the barrel of a double-action revolver, with eight bullets already lodged in his body.

Get Rich is sort of your typical ghetto/gangsta movie. There's not a whole lot of surprises here. It's kind of a poor man's version of Eminem's 8 Mile except with more violence, less good rapping and not as solid acting. I wasn't really expecting too much from this movie and really didn't get a whole lot from it, but it wasn't all that bad. It was sort of interesting watching what is supposed to be the life of 50 Cent and see him sort of turn himself around. I say sort of because even though 50 is now a successful rapper and apparently clean, I still don't think the lyrics of many of his songs are a good influence on young children and teenagers. He seems to glorify violence and drugs, he degrades women and swears like it's a second language and he does all this making it seem "cool". But then again, I'm not even sure that Get Rich is asking us to to like or feel sympathy for the characters in this movie. I think it is just trying to tell us a story and it's left to us what we want to feel. I do respect Mr. 50 and the success he has enjoyed but I just wish he would clean his mouth with some soap. Then again, if he did, he would probably be selling as many albums as Vanilla Ice.

Nevertheless, Get Rich or Die Tryin' is actually an okay flick. I don't see any Oscar in the future for 50 but I doubt he will get a Razzie this year and he should be proud of that. I must warn you - this movie is ultra-violent and the language is nothing to be desired, but I guess that's life on the streets for you. It's not the sort of life that I want to be a part of. Watching it on a movie screen and then critiquing it is fine by me.

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