Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

F Gary Gray (2015)

166min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Gangsta rap pioneers NWA released their first album in 1988, and it shares its title with this juggernaut of a biopic. With songs like F*** tha Police, the group brought the everyday struggles of black youth in LA to international audiences, attracting controversy and acclaim in equal measure. Director F Gary Gray's stroke of genius is to take a wonderfully cheesy, melodramatic rags-to-riches tale and shoot it in the style of an action movie, complete with sex, drugs and violence. It's an undeniably thrilling move. However, the film is produced by NWA members Ice Cube and Dr Dre, which means that the accusations of misogyny and violence that dogged them are emphatically not addressed here. But the young actors playing the rappers are uniformly charismatic, particularly Jason Mitchell as reformed real-life gangster Eazy-E, while the visceral impact of NWA's music is lovingly (and loudly) re-created. And, sadly, the story of black Americans suffering at the hands of a prejudiced police force remains painfully relevant.

Summary

Biopic of hip hop group NWA, examining their rise to fame in the 1980s. The five members of the group drew inspiration from their anger at the dangerous world they saw around them, producing hard-hitting songs about urban life that redefined a musical genre. Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr and Aldis Hodge.

Cast & Crew

Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson
Dr Dre Corey Hawkins
Eazy-E Jason Mitchell
DJ Yella Neil Brown Jr
MC Ren Aldis Hodge
The DOC Marlon Yates
Suge Knight R Marcos Taylor
Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti
Director F Gary Gray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Aug 2015
Drama