Starring: Demetrius Shipp, Jr., Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Danai Gurira
OUR RATING: ★★½
Story: Biodrama directed by Benny Boom which tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), from his early days in New York to his status as one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices until his untimely death. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mindset establish him as a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his death.
Verdict: This is by no means a Straight Outta Compton, but it’s also not as bad as some may think it is. I don’t believe any biopic movie truly can captivate someone’s life and tell it truthfully, and this is why most of the time this type of genre never works for me. The problem with this particular movie is the narrative, which is very bloated and sometimes even just confusing and contrived to the point where it just feels too artificial and superficial. On the plus side the lead performance by Demetrius Shipp is strong, despite the script and what he was given to work with. Ultimately the movie feels superficial and lacked emotion to be a worthy tribute to the legend of Tupac Shakur.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 23)
Mutulu Shakur: You need to listen to what comes out of my mouth. You must stand for something. You must live for something! And you must be willing to die for something! I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees. I am a revolutionary!
Afeni Shakur: [to Tupac] Your stepdaddy is a revolutionary.
Suge Knight: Your momma told me ya’ll been going through some things. Sometimes people need to step outside of who they are to realize who they could really be. You feel me?
Tupac Shakur: I feel you.
Mutulu Shakur: [to Tupac] I mean, this is a brilliant opportunity to bring together the revolutionaries in the gang communities under a code of conduct, and you can unite them. We got to create a movement for our community, make sure our people stay safe.
Tupac Shakur: We got a big platform, man. Use that shit to make a change.
Tom Whalley: We love your music, Tupac. You paint a picture for the listener. It’s not always pretty, but it’s real. It makes you feel, and that’s what good music does.
Tupac Shakur: I’m reporting from the streets. I’m educating and keeping it real.
Afeni Shakur: [to Tupac] Son, this ain’t just about you.
Afeni Shakur: I’m worried about…
Tupac Shakur: Ain’t nothing to be worried about.
Afeni Shakur: Like all Black leaders you have a bullseye on your back, and today it just got bigger.
Tupac Shakur: But I ain’t no Black leader! Not yet!
Aunt Linda: Your mama’s right. This is the same shit that happened to Geronimo.
Afeni Shakur: And how are you not a Black leader? The Vice President was just talking about you on the TV! Baby, you have to understand with The Panthers it wasn’t that we had guns or black leather, it was because of our message. We were transforming minds. They are going to come after you with everything you love. They’re going to give you the tools that you need to destroy yourself.
Tupac Shakur: I wrote something for you.
[he takes out a piece of paper and starts to reads from it]
Tupac Shakur: You are the Omega of my heart, the foundation for my conception of love. And when I think of what a black woman should be, it’s you that I first think of. You will never fully understand how deeply my hear feels for you. I worry that we’ll go apart and I’ll end up losing you. You bring me to climax without sex, and you do it all with real grace. You are my heart in human form, a friend that I could never replace.
Jada Pinkett: You ain’t even move to California yet and you’re already going soft on me.
Tupac Shakur: Oh, I’m going soft!
Jada Pinkett: So soft.
Tupac Shakur: You got the tears in your eyes.
[he starts wiping the tears off her face]
Tupac Shakur: The tears flow and I’m being soft.
[he laughs and embraces her]
Jada Pinkett: How are you here right now? What are you doing here?
Tupac Shakur: Look at you, all Hollywood. I get to get like you.
Jada Pinkett: No, you’re Hollywood. You’re about to drop another album, do another movie.
Tupac Shakur: You know how I roll, you know. Coming up.
Jada Pinkett: Yeah, you’re a big shot now. Yeah. How’s your mom?
Tupac Shakur: Huh?
Jada Pinkett: How’s your mom?
Tupac Shakur: Oh, she’s straight. She’s good.
Jada Pinkett: She’s strong.
Tupac Shakur: Yeah.
Jada Pinkett: You know?
Journalist: [to Tupac] The first time we talked on the phone and you agreed to these interviews, you said, and I quote, “If they kill me, I want the people to have every drop. I want them to know the real story.” All I’m trying to do is tell your real story.
Journalist: I have it on good authority the FBI has a four thousand page file on you.
Tupac Shakur: Only four thousand, huh? That mean I’m being targeted then, right?
C. Delores Tucker: There are three things wrong with gangster rap and misogynist lyrics, it is obscene, it is obscene, it is obscene.
Journalist: You’re trying to start a positive movement for black people by using negative symbolism like thug and outlaw.
Tupac Shakur: Come on. See, unlike you, my constituents ain’t Booker T. Washington, motherfuckers. They’re hustlers, street soldiers, mothers trying to get off welfare. Feel me? You got to enter in somebody’s world in order to lead them out.
Suge Knight: Death Row ain’t a label, it’s a way of life.
Suge Knight: It’s real simple. A lot of people are born males, but they’re not men. I’m a man. Nobody fucks with me. Nobody fucks with my money and nobody fucks with my family. And if they do, I know you heard the rumors. But I want you to understand one thing. Results. All right.
Suge Knight: Like I’m always telling y’all, Death Row is more than a label. It’s a family. And tonight, we got one of our members back, fresh off acquittal.
Tupac Shakur: It’s real simple, you’re either with us or you’re against us.
Jada Pinkett: What the fuck happened to you?
Tupac Shakur: What happened to me? I got shot five times, that’s what happened to me. What happened to you? You used to be down.
Jada Pinkett: I’m still down. I’m just not down with this shit. It’s stupid and it’s dangerous!
Tupac Shakur: It’s dangerous getting shot too.
Jada Pinkett: The man I knew wanted to use his voice to educate, to bring people together!
Tupac Shakur: That don’t mean I got to lay down and let these motherfuckers kill me! That’s what I’m supposed to do? I’m supposed to be one of these “turn the other cheek” motherfuckers? If a nigga coming at me, he’s going to get dealt with.
Jada Pinkett: So can nobody tell you nothing, huh?
Tupac Shakur: Not about this.
Jada Pinkett: Okay.
[she turns and stars walking away]
Tupac Shakur: Fuck! Jada!
Tupac Shakur: Why are the cameras all on me? And in the report, all these charges, I didn’t do nothing. I’m charged with being in concert with some guy. Well, where are they at? Why me? Because I’m Tupac? No, I’m not angry at them, I’m angry at the system. I don’t want anybody else to go to jail, you know what I’m saying? But I don’t want to go to jail for something I didn’t do. I just don’t want to be the escape goat. You know what I’m saying? It’s like the only way I know how to live my life is to be responsible for what I do.
Tupac Shakur: We must not hate those who have done wrong to us, for as soon as we begin to hate them we become just like them, pathetic, bitter, and untrue.
[referring to his music]
Kidada Jones: It sounds good.
Tupac Shakur: Thank you. None of this is by accident, right?
Kidada Jones: Someone’s getting deep.
Tupac Shakur: I’m serious. I mean, whatever we’re supposed to be doing here, we got to do it, right?
Kidada Jones: And you will. You won over my day and that’s not easy. But you don’t do what’s easy, you do what’s right.
Tupac Shakur: Feel like I can conquer the world with you, girl.
Total Quotes: 23