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Jamal Woolard
Angela Bassett
Derek Luke
Anthony Mackie
Antonique Smith
Naturi Naughton
Dennis White
Julia Pace Mitchell.
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Notorious
No-no-not the Hitchcock one


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Plot
The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace).


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The brief life and violent death of Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace always read like a film script: a crack dealer who escaped a life of crime through his unerring talent for rap. Murdered at 24, his legacy includes two multi-platinum albums, one posthumously. This retelling of his life, however, serves him not at all; executive produced by Biggie’s friend Sean Combs (Puff Daddy) it plays like a made-for-TV movie; thin production values, stunted dialogue — and while Woolard is a convincing Biggie, Combs, you feel (an unlikely saint in almost every scene), has altered history to his own ends. The second star is for the soundtrack.


Verdict
A hip hop hagiography that plays like a straight-to-TV movie.


Reviewed by Phillip Wilding

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Brilliant Bio-pic

I'm a huge fan of Biggie, i love the guys songs and all that. So i was extremly happy to hear that a film about Big's life was coming out. I was there in the cinema watching it and it had me entertained from start to finish. Jamal played an excellent Big, Anthony Mackie fitted the role of Tupac perfectly, Derek Luke played an okay role for Puff but it was nothing special and that goes the same for the actors who played Lil Kim, Faith Evans, and Big's mom. It addresses everything about Big... More

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Posted by jay92 at 01:30, 08 September 2009 | Report This Post


Couldve pedicted this kind of review even before viewing. Clearly not much research done as Biggie's own mother was heavily involved in the production. So no, probably not altered history to his own ends. Anyone who knows Diddy's kind of personality would say that he is an unlikely saint, he's selfish. You wouldnt get to where he is without being. Shit review. ... More

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Posted by Dan7 at 14:57, 04 July 2009 | Report This Post


Shit.

I've never seen a movie where the supposed hero is so unlikeable - he's a complete bastard all the way through. Badly made too. "The second star is for the soundtrack" is bang on. The fact that you get to listen to a lot of Biggie is a tiny saving grace. ... More

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Posted by Tyler_Durden at 13:58, 17 June 2009 | Report This Post


not bad

yes, some acting was por, and it could have been better, but considering mot of the actors in it i have never heard of i kind of enjoyed it, and for once in god knows how long it didn't give you a message saying yeah, notorious shot tupac, it was him, it was his fault the fat cunt, it was more like tupac is dead and b.i.g was with his boys, but no one cares and are gonna shoot him anyway ... More

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Posted by mozzaman at 22:59, 21 February 2009 | Report This Post


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