Having been a fan of Ice
Cube from well back in the day when he busted out the opening line of
"Straight Outta Compton" with the gangsta rap group NWA, I was stoked to get
this flick to review for you. Cube goes from strength to strength as both an
actor and a musician and whilst this role doesn't exactly stretch his
abilities in either respect, it sure is a funny, exhilarating from start to
The story revolves around a bounty hunter
(Cube), his prey (Mike Epps) and a diamond heist with enough bling bling to
buy your own island. Epps plays the part of a small time con man who is
currently on the lam from a court appearance and that's where Ice Cube comes
in as the man sent to find him and bring him in. The resulting chase finds
both men having to team up as they unwittingly become witnesses to a huge
diamond heist gone wrong.
Not to mention the fact that Epps has a
winning lottery ticket worth about 60 million dollars in his wallet that is
now in the possession of the man who committed the robbery and murders!
These two actors play well off each other and
make for a good team in a Dean Martin/ Jerry Lewis kind of way. Whilst is both
capable of comedy, Ice Cube is the more serious of the two, whilst Epps is the
clever slapstick kind of guy. It's a good combination that has worked to good
effect on a number of movies now including a few in the (in my opinion)
brilliant Friday series.
The disc contains a wealth of extras as well,
adding a lot of value to the disc overall. Possibly the only disappointment
that I found was that there wasn't a commentary from Cube himself and Epps.
That would have been a riot to listen to the two of them and the process
involved in the film. Instead we have a great listen in on Kevin Brays take on
the film and a laugh a second gag reel that was a great inclusion but really
should have gone a little bit longer. Search the disc however as there is a
hidden feature on the DVD and I am embarrassed to admit that I could not find
it, however it's advertised on the slick.
Email me if you know where it is! Also take the time out to watch the
various docos about the making of the movie for some great moments.
Hip hop heads wanting a bit of Cube spittin'
rhymes look elsewhere as there is not a lot of that going on in this one.
However to appease those of you who still want some rap, there's a great music
video of Trina rapping "Told Y'all" that is definately worth checking out.
I'd recommend this one to anyone who likes an
action comedy. Both stars are strong performers in their own right however
when together it makes for some great stuff.
All About The
- Director's Audio Commentary
- Original Documentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Trina Music Video
- Theatrical Trailer
- Teaser Trailer
- Hidden Featurette
- Theatrical Press Kit