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EMPIRE

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Empire (2002 film)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
95 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/06/02
performer:
John Leguizamo, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Sarsgaard, Sonia Braga, Anthony Treach Criss, Fat Joe, Denise Richards
director:
Franc Reyes
distributor:
Universal
author:
64326
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

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?

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