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Straight Outta Compton

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • F Gary Gray
  • 166 mins
  • 18

Summary

Music drama based on the true story of pioneering and controversial rap group NWA, starring O'Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and Paul Giamatti.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Ice CubeO'Shea Jackson Jr
Dr DreCorey Hawkins
Eazy-EJason Mitchell
Jerry HellerPaul Giamatti
DJ YellaNeil Brown Jr
MC RenAldis Hodge
Suge KnightR Marcus Taylor
KimAlexandra Shipp
Snoop DoggLaKeith Stanfield
Chuck DRogelio Douglas Jr

Crew

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DirectorF Gary Gray

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2015-08-28
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, a sex scene, nudity, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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