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Don't Believe These Other Guys...
****Spoiler Alert****Read This AFTER Watching The Movie****
Okay... The movie overall was GOOD. Yes, the acting could have been better, and yes, the script could have been better, but if you stop CRITIQUING everything and just watch the movie, I'm sure you'll be satisfied by the end. A few things didn't make sense (baseball in the winter, the cops not investigating the death of the third friend, the child-hood friends not knowing that their shooter had a sister, etc)I admit, but the sequence of events ARE believable. I can believe a muscle man for the mob would shoot himself while playing with guns THAT AREN'T HIS, thinking he's such an "expert" on weapons. I can believe a hit man found the protagonist in two days...HE'S A FREAKING HIT MAN! THAT'S HIS JOB AND HE'S GOOD AT IT!! I can believe the mob boss found his thief so soon...HE'S A MOB BOSS!! HE KNOWS EVERYTHING (criminal & high-paying) THAT TAKES PLACE IN HIS TOWN OR CUTS INTO HIS MONEY!!
As for there being a religious under-tone... I don't think so. It can't be an "undertone" considering that he's robbing people the whole movie, but I believe it has a subliminal message---Pray. Sonny survived situations that most wouldn't have, because he prays. He never kills anyone in the film, because he (although doubtful at times) believes in the word. I think THAT'S what the religious pieces of the film wanted you to see. NO, there wasn't much action in the film, but the movie manages to keep your attention with other things, such as the characters themselves, the mystery of whats next and how everything ties together, and things of that nature. 50 Cent normally plays a tough guy or the boss type, but in this film he's just an average Joe who happens to know how to handle himself. He's not a "bad ass" or a "shooter", but he (having grown up in Detroit and being a thief) knows how to protect himself as well as strike fear in others. He's trying something new, so I don't expect him to be GREAT at it, but he DID make the character believable.
Overall, I think the movie is pretty good and a good past-time. Good actors, a decent storyline, nice visuals, and a righteous ending. I'd definitely watch it again. After all, it's definitely not the worst action/crime film I've seen. I mean, hell, THE TOWN was over-rated, dry, and slow as hell!...the robbery scenes were the only good ones, and it aired in theaters! Just because a movie has a lower budget doesn't mean it's worse, and just because a movie has a bunch of hype doesn't mean it's great (look at Green Lantern...horrible).
Have an open mind when watching movies...enjoy them for what they are and quit looking for what's "wrong" with them.