If this movie reflects real life in Detroit, it's as if the city deliberately plots to keep addicts away from help. Overall, nothing amazing and not anything to rush out and see, but it is entertaining and watchable. Advertisement The heart of the movie is their banter, the grungy dialogue that puts an ironic spin on their anger and fear. Shakur, the hip-hop star turned actor, matches that and adds an earnestness: In their friendship, Spoon is the leader and thinker, and Stretch is the sidekick who will go along with whatever's suggested. Struggling with withdrawal, Spoon and Stretch reflect on the moments that led up to their predicament. The majority of filming took place in an abandoned meat packing plant, which the producers turned into a studio for the duration of the shoot.
Jazz musicians, and heroin addicts: Spoon and Stretch decide to get clean after their friend and bandmate Cookie overdoses when she tries heroin for the first time. Jazz musicians -- and heroin addicts -- Spoon Tupac Shakur and Stretch Tim Roth decide to get clean after their friend and bandmate Cookie Thandie Newton overdoses when she tries heroin for the first time. When she passes out on New Year's Eve from an overdose, her flat mates run into beaurocracy from the healthcare system including a very funny scene where co-star Tupac Shakur's character Spoon tells the 911 operator that there is a black rebellion underway in which white people have been injured in the hope that they will send help faster. Purcell is becoming a pretty reliable movie star and his movies are usually exciting. But for me it was like going to the moon. Maybe Hall, aiming for a wider audience, hedged his bets by putting in scenes where the heroes, the drug dealers and the cops chase one another on foot and in cars around downtown Detroit.
All of the effects, including gun shots and blood, were done practically with the exception of a few digital enhancements. I give it a C+. Too bad Tupac couldn't be there. When troubled movie star Brody Walker Hackman needs to take part in a ride along to not only save his career but stay out of jail David agrees to take him. Ironically, she's the clean liver, always eating veggieburgers and preaching against smoking.
Still, maybe Hall made the smart bet, by positioning this story halfway between real life and a crime comedy. Story concerns two heroin addicts who live together with the drug addict girlfriend of Tim Roth's character Stretch. Junkie performance artists Stretch and Spoon Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur do a jazz-inflected spoken-word act with Spoon's slinky English girlfriend, Cookie Thandie Newton , and the trio live together in the kind of rundown loft. This has shades of Assault on Precinct 13 but isn't quite as good. As they attempt to enter a detoxification program, however, they encounter a series of bureaucratic roadblocks. By the time a guy is trying to help his friend by stabbing him, we understand well enough what drugs will lead you to.
It premièred in China on June 12, 2016 at the as part of Jackie Chan's Action Movie Week, and was nominated for several awards alongside films such as , and It was released across North America on June 14, 2016 and became available on July 14, 2016. After five, 10 years, you decide this is the day, and the world stops for you? The daylong duel with the drug dealers and the encounters with suspicious cops work like comic punctuation. I highly recommend this film as one of Tupac's best and Roth's most obscure roles. In movies about stupid bureaucracies, the heroes inevitably blow up and start screaming at the functionaries behind the counters. Worse, they are being hunted by both the police and drug dealers.
Or when they're almost nabbed for a murder they didn't commit. The world of these streets and tenements and hospitals and alleys is strung out and despairing, and the human comedy redeems it. Spoon, desperate to get into an emergency room and begin detox, persuades Stretch to stab him. I just saw this film an hour ago and i have to say this is a better drug-related film than requiem for a dream. After being given the run-around by various clinics and offices, they decide to fall back on some drugs before they get into rehab but are chased through the city by a drug dealer and police officers.
They circle endlessly through a series of Detroit social-welfare agencies that could have been designed by Kafka: They find they can't get medicards without being on welfare, can't get into detox without filling out forms and waiting 10 days, can't get into a rehab center because it's for alkies only, can't get the right forms because an office has moved, can't turn in the forms because an office is about to close. As if things couldn't get any worse, he's been forced to babysit Brody Walker, a hard partying celebrity that's been sent on a mandatory ride along as part of his probation. But all of that changes when a police training facility comes under attack by a team of ruthless mercenaries led by the mysterious Korver. While Cookie hovers in critical condition, Spoon and Stretch spend a very long day trying to find a rehab program for themselves. The Action Elite gave the film 4.
The three of them have a jazz trio. Worse, they are being hunted by both the police and drug dealers. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: Dragon Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Keywords: , , , ,. The film features Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur as two addicts who try to kick the habit after their friend Thandie Newton falls into a drug induced coma. Everybody else was throwin' up. Along with that they discover their drug dealer friend shot dead in his apartment and proceed to make off with his drugs, becoming murder suspects in the process. Struggling with withdrawal, Spoon and Stretch reflect on the moments that led up to their predicament.
When Spoon screams at her, she screams back in a monologue that expresses all of her exhaustion and frustration. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police. They are also hunted by the men who killed their friend for scamming and beating him up in a previous incident. Now, Hendrix and Walker must band together with the remaining survivors to fight back and keep the mercenaries from overtaking the compound. There isn't really a whole lot to say about this movie. Spoon and his friend Stretch Roth arrive at this decision after rushing Spoon's girlfriend Cookie to an emergency room, comatose after a drug overdose. This is grim material, but surprisingly entertaining, and it is more cause to mourn the recent death of Shakur, who gives his best performance as Spoon, a musician who wants to get off drugs.
That's especially true in a scene that moviegoers will be quoting for years. On the other hand with all of the low budget action choices this is definitely one of the better ones. Advertisement Much better are the moments when the two friends sit, exhausted, under a mural of the great outdoors and talk about how they simply lack the energy to keep on using drugs. Tupac and Roth are a great on-screen duo and the film does a good job of showing the grittier side of drugs and the difficulty of quitting. I've seen worse from this genre.