New On DVD - Get Rich Or Die Tryin', King Kong, Memoirs Of A Geisha
Posted March 29, 2006
Enemy - Korean action director Woo-Suk Kang essentially
remakes his 2002 hit Public
Enemy, and it is a very mixed bag. While his tale of corruption and vigilantism is well acted, it is way too
long (nearly 2 1/2 hours) and loaded with unnecessary and criminally boring bureaucratic hoo-hah, not to mention the
silly dialogue. Instead, check out the original or Kang's 2003 smash, Silmido (if you can find it).
Get Rich Or Die Tryin' - It may follow the Eminem8 Mile formula - pedigreed
director (Oscar bridesmaid Jim Sheridan) rap phenomenon (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) - but it does not add up to a movie
that is going to change any minds about the nigh-invincible rap star. This brooding enigma is an expressionless
marble-mouth, and it is difficult to root for him in this violent rags-to-riches gangster yarn, despite its respectable
duds. Even the similar Hustle &
Flow, starring Mr. "Fiddy" Cent's co-star, Terrence
Howard, topped this murky, self-aggrandizing run-on sentence, which this impatient survivor has re-titled Get Sleep Or Try Dyin'.