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Tupac: Resurrection - Preview and US reaction



Preview by: Jack Foley

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Trailers; Remembering Tupac. Mutulu Shakur interview; Tupac Amaru Shakur Centre for the Arts; Deleted scenes; Never Before Seen Interviews; Malcolm X Dinner Speech Deposition; About the Resurrection Soundtrack; Music Videos Bootleg This!

FIRST there was Biggie and Tupac, a movie which investigated the death of the popular rap icon, and now, there is a new documentary about the murdered star, which is being hailed as the definitive tale of his life.

Tupac: Resurrection was put together with the approval of his mother, and was released in the US earlier this month.

Tupac Shakur was shot in 1996, but no one has ever been charged with his murder, and rumour abounds that his death was part of the east and west cost rap rivalry, which is said to exist in America.

According to an unrelated web report, rap star, Marion 'Suge' Knight, has agreed tol play himself in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming thriller about the killing of fellow rappers, Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.

That flick, which is said to delve into allegations that corrupt LA police officers were somehow involved in the killings, will see Stallone direct himself as a crusading cop.

But returning to Tupac: Resurrection, his mother, Afeni Shakur, is quoted as that her reason for backing the project is that ‘we want people to see, hear and understand Tupac as he was’.

The documentary is directed by Lauren Lazin, who insists the film has been told entirely from the rapper's point of view.

"The murder has not been solved and we didn't want to put something in the movie that was speculation," he added.

The movie also contains Shakur's premonitions of his own death, including a scene of the rapper saying, ‘I always knew I was gonna be shot’.

It chronicles Shakur’s development from child poet to icon and includes previously unseen home movie footage that was supplied by Afeni.

A soundtrack to the film has also been released, featuring music from the singer, himself, and Eminem.

US reaction

The word from America on this riveting documentary has largely been positive, with many lining up to heap praise upon it.

Rolling Stone, for instance, hailed it to be 'a remarkable achievement' and awarded it three out of four stars, while Film Threat wrote that it 'takes a look at the man's entire life and grants us an eye-opening look inside his brain'.

Slant Magazine described it as 'a testament to Tupac's ever-evolving legacy as one of black culture's most powerful and invigorating rebel poets'.

And Variety found it to be 'an entertaining, strongly narrative nonfiction package'.

Village Voice, meanwhile, noted that 'though the edits can be too living-room smooth, the passion and pathology on display transcend the Tabitha Soren overload'.

The Los Angeles Times felt that 'though we do feel the need of other voices to provide perspective, Tupac: Resurrection is even-handed for a single-point -of-view film'.

And the New York Times observed that, 'as its title suggests, Tupac: Resurrection is less concerned with analyzing Shakur than with bringing him back to life, for which his fans can only be grateful. For everyone else, this film provides an affecting, partial portrait'.

Hollywood Reporter continues the good reaction, by stating that 'a poet warrior of the first order emerges in this riveting chronicle of the brief life and times of rap superstar Tupac Shakur'.

And Entertainment Weekly found it 'resonant and fascinating'.

A little more sceptical, but no less appreciative, however, was the Philadelphia Inquirer, which labelled it 'a compelling piece of propaganda'.

While the Boston Phoenix felt it 'serves as a cautionary tale to the fast and furious'.

Film Threat rounds off this overview, however, by observing that 'film-maker, Lauren Lazin, has created a loving tribute to this late star as if he was her own son. Fans will approve'.

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