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Tommy Brown and his friend Sincere are gangsters who have learned how to make a good living by dealing drugs and pulling armed robberies. Tommy and Sincere have been able to move out of the ghetto in Queens where they were raised and relocate to an upscale section of Manhattan; they would seem to have it made, but both realize that their lives are headed toward a dead end. Sincere begins getting in touch with his African roots and tries to convince his girlfriend Tionne that they should emigrate to the Motherland, while Tommy has a religious awakening and joins the Nation of Islam. Written by
The scene of Sincere (Nas) and the 12 year old boy on the park bench is a direct reference to the last verse from Nas' song "One Love", off his 1994 debut album Illmatic. See more »
Tommy 'Buns' Bundy:
Once I found out the clock was ticking, it's get the glock, I'mma stick him, nah, kill 'em cause revenge is all a nigga think about in the end, but I'm goin' on a binge, brother, to my sins. Fuck y'all niggas. Born by myself, die by myself. Place the triggers. And if you don't know don't know what it's gon' be in the end... T minus 3, 2, 1... Amen.
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Way more than just a rap video/gang banger movie...
When I first saw the preview for BELLY, I thought it was going to be another one of those violent and predictable gang banger movies. But Belly is way more than just a rap video/gang banger movie. Yes, the elements of both are there which only add to an even better storyline. Because Hype Williams is a director of music videos helps him incorporate those styles into the film which are unbelievable.
Although it may not seem so, the acting by DMX, Nas, and Method Man was real and well done. Unlike many other films of its genre, BELLY actually maintains a positive message throughout the film and gives a sign of hope rather than doom. The combination of superb camera work, slammin soundtrack, and complex story made it a must-see in my opinion.
It does contain endless scenes of numbing violence but that only adds to the strong reality of the film. I hope to see more from Hype in the future, looking forward to it!
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