Not the Hitchcock classic nor a remake. Far, far from it. Rather, an exploitive session of gangsta-gazing, namely at rap artist Notorious B.I.G., alias Biggie Smalls, né Christopher Wallace, and at the lethal rivalry between the East Coast camp and the West Coast. (Laughable shot of Biggie on the couch in front of the TV, the only man in the universe surprised at the murder of his bitter enemy, Tupac Shakur.) Lurid, sordid, visually voguish, and very often unintelligible. Subtitles might have helped. Slightly. With newcomer Jamal Woolard in the lead role, Derek Luke as Puffy Combs, Naturi Naughton as Lil Kim, Antonique Smith as Faith Evans, Anthony Mackie as Tupac, and Angela Bassett as Moms; directed by George Tillman, Jr. 2009.

Duncan Shepherd

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