We gave it a C
There’s heavy-handed, there’s lead-handed, and then there’s ”Empire.” The urban gangster flick earns kudos for an innovative conceit: Street hustler Leguizamo teams with Wall Street slickster Sarsgaard to achieve a common goal — massive wealth. The parallels between their lives and mentalities would be intriguing if Leguizamo’s clunky voice-overs didn’t spell out an anticapitalist message with such a thick marker. The film quickly dissolves into a collection of rote stereotypes and cliches. Oh, and why is a movie starring Fat Joe and Naughty by Nature’s Treach filled with so much cheesy Latin R&B?