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8 Mile (2002)

Director:
Curtis Hanson

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
8 Mile

RUNNING TIME
110 minutes

Producer:
Curtis Hanson
Brian Grazer
Jimmy Iovine

Screenwriter:
Scott Silver


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. Eminem
Stephanie Smith Kim Basinger
David "Future" Porter Mekhi Phifer
Alex Brittany Murphy
Cheddar Bob Evan Jones
Sol George Omar Benson Miller
DJ Iz De'Angelo Wilson -
Wink Eugene Byrd
Janeane Taryn Manning -
Greg Buehl Michael Shannon
Lil'Tic Proof -
Papa Doc Anthony Mackie -
Lily Smith Chloe Greenfield -

 

Review

Eminem's film debut stands firmly on its own as a truthful semi-autobiographical account built upon a recognizable movie formula, thanks in large to Eminem's well-rounded performance and director Curtis Hanson's ability to make the young rapper's struggles come off as authentic despite utilizing a handful of rather worn plot devices in order to get to them. Let's call it good workmanship. Or clever moviemaking. The picture not only recalls Saturday Night Fever, but also turned out to be just as significant for rap music as the 1977 film was for disco culture. And that's a well-earned accolade, because 8 Mile certainly goes about its task of informing and illuminating its audience on rap battling and the burgeoning Detroit hip hop scene with dilligence. Also, the ending is very tasteful. Based on a savvy script by writer Scott Silver (later of The Fighter and Joker), but it's Eminem's own pennings which really sparkle in here.

Copyright 07.06.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang