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CHI-RAQ 2015 R CC

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Directed by the critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

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Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes
Runtime:
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Spike Lee
Starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes
Supporting actors Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Steve Harris, Harry Lennix, D.B. Sweeney, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson
Studio Amazon Studios
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Paul Donovan TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 6, 2015
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Nine Things About the Film "Chi-Raq"

1. This movie is rude, raw, raunchy, wrong... and right on the money. It's going to be too much for some people, but I personally think it may be the best movie of 2015.

2. It's a retelling of a 2500-year-old Greek play named "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. Writer/producer/director Spike Lee updates the play and sets it in a gang-run neighborhood of Chicago. Nick Cannon plays Chiraq, who is both a local rapper and the head of the Spartan gang. Wesley Snipes plays Cyclops, the aging leader of their deadly rivals, the Trojan gang. Samuel L. Jackson plays the narrator Dolmedes (see what they did there?). After a small child is gunned down in the street and nobody wants to come forward to be a witness, the women in the neighborhood have reached their breaking point. They band together and vow not to have sex with any man until the gangs squash their beef for good.

3. The movie is a satire, an indictment, and a plea. It was written by Lee and film professor Kevin Willmot (who lives in Lawrence, KS). They must have dipped their pen in acid to write the script, because this film burns. Beneath the satirical humor, this movie is angry. Very very angry. And everybody is to blame.

4. Lee has been criticized for setting the movie in Chicago (and using the controversial title) when he's not even from there. Some people think the movie makes fun of the gang and violence issues. I understand those criticisms, but I think they are misdirected. The movie starts tightly focused on the street murder of a child in Chicago, but then it spirals outward until it's a glorious mess that sweeps more and more topics into its whirlwind. Chicago is a symbol of a much bigger cluster of issues.
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I don't think I've seen a movie quite like this before. One so compelling in its message of peace, yet unabashedly weird and unorthodox in its presentation. CHI-RAQ is a modern-day retelling of the Ancient Greek play Lysistrata set in the south side of Chicago, which experiences gang violence on a regular basis. In order to stop it, Lysistrata organizes a sex strike that she hopes will bring an end to the carnage. I haven't seen too much by Spike Lee, so I don't really have any preconceived notions about him (except that maybe OLDBOY was an ill-advised remake). What really drew me to this was that it takes on a very real problem and does its best to initiate a dialogue. Gun violence is something that Americans usually shy away from discussing, and often miss the point when they do (I'll include myself too). Some of the most powerful moments in the film are often simply homilies directed at the audience. However, the nature of the film is a double-edged sword. Tonally, it ping-pongs between borderline comedy to extremely serious, emotional scenes. It doesn't always work, and to be honest, the film tries to do a little too much. Not content with the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago, it manages to work in the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality, prisons, and economic disenfranchisement of the Black community. It's a lot to take in, but the nuggets are there. From a technical perspective, the film is surely well-made and the actors all do a great job delivering the rhyming dialogue. There's not too much in the way of character development, but I can give that a pass because of the source material. What makes it not as good as it could have been is, again, a lack of focus and imbalance, but also that it comes cloaked in religious nonsense.Read more ›
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This movie did not deserve the criticism it received when it debuted in the theaters. This movie is excellent. It is Spike's interpretation of Lysistrata. The cast is excellent and the comedic moments are excellent. This movie pulls no punches. Spike holds a mirror up to the politicians, the media, American society and the Black community itself and no one wants the here the truth about themselves when it is held in front of them. This is worth watching and worth owning.
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It's different from any movie you've seen about violence, guns and people...African Americans living extremely below the poverty line. I watched it twiced. There are a lot of moving parts and I didn't want to miss anything. I am single white woman. Been single most of my life. Except for the 7 hellish years I was married. That was almost 30 years ago. I don't allow men to treat me without respect, lay a hand on me in violence. I am a proud strong woman and so are the women of chi-raq .I honestly don't know what more can be said or done to stop the violence. Especially the killings of little children from stray bullets. You know that more people have died in Chicago than have died in Afghanistan. And for what? Drug deal gone bad? Drive by shooting for a revenge. Look at what's happening to your town. You're playing right into cooperate America's hand. Put down your weapons - pick up a hammer or a paint brush and put your town back together. Prove them, all of them wrong. Prove you are a community and you shall overcome, you will heal together and you will begin to prosper
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