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InGet Rich or Die Tryin', rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson presents himself as a rap superhero, encased in muscular flesh like armor, his face impassive as a mask, reaching out to destroy his enemies with his unique talent. The plot, though based on Jackson's life, is standard--a gangster breaks from his youthful life of crime to triumph as a rapper--but there's vitality in the details: Jackson's girlfriend helps him pull free the wires holding his jaw shut when he's recovered from being shot in the face; a startling, brutal fight by naked men in a prison shower. Jackson even has his comic-book moment of transformation when a razor blade is thrown into his cell, encouraging him to kill himself; instead, he uses it to carve his rhymes into the walls. Unfortunately, as an actor Jackson only has two sides, gangster hard or oddly childlike and vulnerable. This second aspect falls away from the movie as Jackson assumes power, leaving only the cold, impassive face of a tough guy. That's the fate of superheroes too--they become the mask they present to the world, which is both their dream and their fate. Terrence Howard (Crash,Hustle & Flow) livens things up as a volatile prison friend. Also featuring Bill Duke (Predator) as a raspy ganglord and Joy Bryant (Honey) as Jackson's girlfriend. Capably directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot,In America).--Bret Fetzer
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Cast50 Cent, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Bill Duke, Ashley Walters, Tory Kittles, Viola Davis, Mpho Koaho, Marc John Jefferies, Leon, Sullivan Walker, Russell Hornsby, Serena Reeder, Marc John Jeffries, Omar Benson Miller, Joy Bryant, Terrence Howard
DirectorJim Sheridan
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Drama
Release Date:  November 9, 2005
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterTerence Winter
DVD Release Date:  March 28, 2006
Runtime:  1hr 58min
Studio:  Paramount Pictures
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review by . May 26, 2006
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I watched this film last night with an open mind and thought it was actually quite a reasonable film. Considering he is not an actor I think he did well in this film, and before giving ratings on this film, you need to remember he isn't an actor and some of the events in this film is based on his life. It's not as bad as people say it is, don't get me wrong it isn't amazing it could be better but it absolutely does not deserve one star. The rest of the supporting cast did a pretty good job. Terrence …
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