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Movie Review: "Straight Outta Compton"

“Straight Outta Compton” is a stimulating and impactful biopic of N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes hiphop group with members  Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, DJ Yella and MC Ren).  In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music.

The film tries to retell a story of how racism and gang wars have affected the lives of several communities in the US. “Straight Outta Compton” challenges the viewers through music and visual imagery to look closer into the intriguing past of these music legends. The film gives you a hyperrealistic look on how a negative situation can give birth into something that would be a catalyst of change.

The film portrayed the lives of N.W.A. and effectively translated a personal glimpse of the emotional struggles of the group. “Straight Outta Compton” captivatingly let us into the details of  Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube's past and it is as if you were experiencing it first hand while watching an impressively made biopic. The actors collectively portrayed their roles perfectly, at some point the film felt as if it was a documentary with real footage being shown the whole time.

“Straight Outta Compton” is a battle cry to the current situations in the society. It reminds us that we are all brothers/sisters and that we should join hands in order to fulfill a certain goal. Family can be found even if you are not blood-related. There could be fascinating things that can be done through art, in this particular film music was the medium of the war against oppression. It also shows the ill-effects of excessive usage of drugs and the dangers of wild sexual practices. The film shares with us the different facets of fame and fortune - the best and the worst.

Taking us back to where it all began, “Straight Outta Compton” tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger and raw talent—stood up to the authorities who meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the ’hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

During the late ’80s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. The plague of crack cocaine was escalating at a rate as alarming as the violent, gang-driven business that propelled its use. The LAPD and its specialized gang unit were leading the charge on the war on drugs with an unchecked mercilessness, one that left residents of the Southern California community not merely tense, but shell-shocked, distrustful of authority and sorely embittered.

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Eazy-E, a charismatic dope-selling hustler with the smarts to see a future in L.A.’s burgeoning rap scene, had a plan. Deciding to leave the street life behind, he reached out to his friend Dr. Dre, a local deejay who spun regularly at Compton clubs with counterpart DJ Yella. They, too, were tired of dead ends and hungry for change, and Eazy-E had the resources and connections to make a change happen. Joining them in the venture were two young emcees from the block: MC Ren and Ice Cube, a talented 16-year-old whose explosive rhymes caught Dr. Dre’s attention. It was time to use their frustration as fuel for their art and give their people the one thing they desperately needed: a voice.

Straight Outta Compton (2015)
R-16  |  147 min  |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  September 30 (Philippines)

Our ratings: ★★★★★★★★★☆

The filmed story of N.W.A. is straight outta record books. Thanks to consecutive weeks atop the US box-office, Universal Pictures' "Straight Outta Compton" has earned its place in history as the highest-grossing music biopic ever, with a smash box-office haul of #157 million (as of September 17, 2015). The previous champ, "Walk The Line," about Johnny and June Carter Cash, had grossed $119 million.

Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E's Biopic "Straight Outta Compton" Now Highest-Grossing Musical Biopic of All-Time

The film stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice CubeDr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job,” “The Negotiator”). The drama is produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Tomica Woods-WrightMatt Alvarez, Gray and Scott Bernstein.

“Straight Outta Compton’s” success speaks of hip hop's cultural primacy, with two of the three top-grossing biopics now are about hip hop artists ("8 Mile," a film loosely based on Eminem's life, is the other).

Distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, “Straight Outta Compton” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting September 30.

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