All Eyez on Me is a Hollywood Biographical Drama movie
directed by Benny Boom.
Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr.,Danai Gurira,Kat Graham,Dominic L. Santana,Annie Ilonzeh,Jamal Woolard,Rayan Lawrence,Keith Robinson,Lauren Cohan,Cory Hardrict,Grace Gibson,Jeph Cange,Desean Jackson,Brandon Sauve,Josh Ventura,Azad Arnaud,Harold House,Moore,Khadija Copeland,Chanel Young,Chris Clarke,Ronald Brooks,Hamid-Reza Benjamin Thompson,Deray Davis,Bruce Davis,Gary Weeks.
All Eyez on Me
chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to
superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as
his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records.
Against insurmountable odds, Shakur rose to become a cultural icon
whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.
All Eyez On Me, helmed by Director Benny Boom, and produced by LT
Hutton (Morgan Creek Productions), stars Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai
Gurira, Kat Graham, Dominic L. Santana and Jamal Woolard.
'All Eyez on Me': Candy-flossed
and synthetic portrayal (Review By Troy Ribeiro , Rating: **)
Directed by Benny Boom, "All Eyez on Me," is a biographical drama about
the hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur and is titled after Shakur's 1996
fourth studio album of the same name.
Narrated in a non-linear manner, the film highlights the important
milestones of Shakur's life, through flashbacks during an interview he
undertook in 1996 whilst in prison. The narrative packaged in a
haphazard manner, encapsulates the short but highly complexed and
contradictory life of the famous rapper, who died in a drive-by
shoot-out at the age of 25.
While the first act of the film starts off on an unsteady note with
scenes of his childhood abruptly and amateurishly edited, the later
section of the film holds your attention with its gritty proceedings
that reveal the hardships Tupac faced as a revolutionary artist who was
influenced by his mother and comrades of the revolutionary Black
The script written by Jeremy Haft, Steven Bagatourian and Eddie
Gonzalez (VIII) is soulless as it selectively highlights the highs and
lows of his career and presents him as a naive and vulnerable free-soul
in a cage in a rather conniving style. And the fault lies in the
His struggles as a forcefully evocative talent who would rap in an
aggressively and irresistible manner that made him a prolific hit
machine, his movie star and gansta icon avatars, are all presented
synthetically. Also, the numbers belted out by him are shown in a
routinely rushed mode, only giving you a glimpse of the singer's
popularity, making the entire viewing rather insipid fare.
Demetrius Ship Jr. emulates Tupac to near perfection but he lacks the
charisma of the original. And the rushed narrative does not help you
invest in him. The highlight of the film is the relationship, Tupac
shares with his mother and credit goes to Danai Gurira who portrays her
part to perfection. Despite their short on-screen togetherness, the
emotional bonding between the mother and son lights up the screen and
is the soul of the narrative.
Kat Graham as Tupac's friend Jada Pinkett and Lauren Cohan as one of
his promoters Leila Steinberg have their moments of on-screen glory.
The rest of the supporting cast are stereotypical and perfunctory.
With moderate production values, the film is a candy floss laden
tribute of the controversial singer.