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All Eyez on Me (2017)

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Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

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Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.

Director: Lauren Lazin
Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demetrius Shipp Jr. ... Tupac
Danai Gurira ... Afeni Shakur
Kat Graham ... Jada Pinkett
Hill Harper ... Interviewer
Annie Ilonzeh ... Kidada Jones
Lauren Cohan ... Leila Steinberg
Keith Robinson ... Atron
Jamal Woolard ... Biggie
Dominic L. Santana ... Suge Knight
Cory Hardrict ... Nigel
Clifton Powell ... Floyd
Jamie Hector ... Mutulu
Deray Davis Deray Davis ... Legs (as DeRay Davis)
Chris Clarke ... Shock G
Money-B Money-B ... Money B (as Ronald Brooks)
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Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world's most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur's raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing. ALL EYEZ ON ME stars Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard, Danai Gurira and Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur.

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Taglines:

Legends never die

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug use, violence, some nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2pac: Легенда See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,435,354, 18 June 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,922,302

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,922,302
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"The Interviewer" whom is interviewing Tupac throughout the film is modeled after real-life journalist, author, poet and activist Kevin Powell who conducted numerous interviews with Tupac throughout his career, including the ones shown in the film. The Interviewer's name is never given in the film, but it is obvious it is a strong reflection of Powell. In June 2017, Powell filed a federal lawsuit against producers of the film for copyright infringement. See more »

Goofs

When Tupac meets Faith Evans they are playing the title track from his All Eyez on Me album. He meet Faith before that, and the song they recorded (Wonda Why They Call U Bytch), the night was on the album. They aren't going to be playing music from the album in a club, before the album is finished. See more »

Quotes

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!
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...
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Connections

Features Juice (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Hail Mary
Written by Tupac Shakur, Rufus Cooper, Katari Cox, Joseph Paquette, Hussein Fatal (as Bruce Washington), Yafeu Fula, and Tyrone Wrice
Performed by Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac)
Courtesy of Entertainment One U.S. LP
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A series of bullet points told in cliff-notes form- Tupac Shakur deserved far better than this
11 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Generally am somebody who dislikes rap, being a diverse listener of music while raised primarily on classical and opera as a result of coming from a musical family. However, once in a while there are rap/hip hop figures that are talented and have music that is more than tolerable for rap.

One such example is Christopher "Notorious B.I.G" Wallace, whose life was documented in the 2009 film 'Notorious', which did have issues but there were things such as the brilliant performance of Jamal Woolward that made it watchable. Another example is Tupac, whose life is documented here in 2017's 'All Eyez on Me'. 'All Eyez On Me' could have been good, for somebody who did have an interesting life. Unfortunately it really does fail to do this artist and his life justice.

'All Eyez on Me' isn't without redeeming values. Its best asset, and the only outstanding thing about it, is the lead performance of Demetrius Shipp Jr, who perfected Tupac's look and mannerisms to startling effect. The cast were largely miss, but there were a couple of hits in the form of Jamal Woolward, again as Notorious B.I.G, and particularly Kat Graham who really tries to give some heart to the film and to her scenes with Shipp Jnr.

However, 'All Eyez On Me' goes on for far too long (have sat through many long films and there are a lot that are brilliant, such as 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Ben Hur' and 'Gone With the Wind) and such a length isn't justified by how little it does with its content. It does try to cram in too much, some of it in a short space of time, and doesn't explore any of it in enough detail. Some scenes were random and unnecessary, succeeding in slowing the film down and making one question why they were there in the first place.

With the information given in 'All Eyez On Me', it all felt like a series of bullet points, explored in cliff-notes form at best and at worst telling us nothing. Didn't care for the idea to spell out Tupac's every thought when it once again tells us little, as one can see 'All Eyez On Me' is very short on revelations or anything new (which is misleading as it was advertised in a way that it would tell us something new and un-told) which is frustrating and feels like a cheat for fans. Some of it, especially the scenes detailing Tupac's relationship with Jada, felt like the truth had been distorted for dramatic effect/license.

Didn't see the need for the narration either in filmed interview form, that was very clumsily inserted and basically spoon-fed events with no subtlety whatsoever. Amateur hour Youtube and music videos have better production values than here, and while the music was good a lot of the placing was random. It's all poorly scripted, flatly directed and whose bright idea was it to bring in performers and such as themselves and not give them anything to do.

In conclusion, Tupac deserved better, in no way does 'All Eyez On Me', despite Shipp Jnr and Graham's valiant efforts, do the man and his very interesting (which couldn't have been less compellingly depicted here) life justice. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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