Empire

Empire

Franc Reyes (2002)

95min
15 Certificate
Sun 3 Dec 11:10pm - 1:25am Sony Movie Channel
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Review

Our Score
Urban dramas don't get any more derivative than this hackneyed debut from writer/director Franc Reyes. Starring John Leguizamo, who also acts as co-producer, it tells the story of a South Bronx drugs dealer who teams up with a Wall Street hotshot (a slimy Peter Sarsgaard) to try to escape the ghetto. While Leguizamo runs rings around his co-stars in the central role, the mediocrity of the plot does him no favours. It's full of holes and entirely predictable, with an unimaginative reliance on stereotypes instead of fully-fleshed characters. Ultimately, for all its slick cinematography, there's just no heart in Reyes's film, making it hard to empathise as violent and tragic events unfold.

Summary

A big-time drug pusher decides to pull off one last deal to make sure he is financially secure enough to retire. But when an unscrupulous Wall Street investment banker double-crosses him, the dealer plans a ruthless revenge. Crime drama, starring John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Vincent Laresca and Isabella Rossellini.

Cast & Crew

Victor Rosa John Leguizamo
Trish Denise Richards
Jack Peter Sarsgaard
Jimmy Vincent Laresca
La Colombiana Isabella Rossellini
Iris Sonia Braga
Carmen Delilah Cotto
Rafael Menendez Nestor Serrano
Director Franc Reyes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for language, violence, sex scenes and drug abuse.Available on: video and DVD
Drama