What effect would an Academy winning director Curtis Hanson for the 1997 LA Confidential make by directing a debut movie for the Controversial, Grammy-Award winning rap star Eminem? Well the movie was going to be quite electrifying…
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The movie is inspired partly by incidents Eminem’s own life. The moviethat contains profanity in large quantity, as well as sex and violence,struck me as an emotional piece of drama; it feels real, tense, and honest. The writer of the movie 8 Mile is Scott Silver and the director Curtis Hanson. It featured Eminem (Jimmy Smith, Jr), Brittany Murphy (Alex), Kim Basinger(Stephanie), and Taryn Manning (Alex). The plot of the movie tells the story of Jimmy Smith, commonly known as B-Rabbit or Rabbit, an aspiring white rapper struggling to win recognition for his rapping talent in a black artists-dominated market. The whole story took place in 1995 at Detroit, Michigan. The city is rapidly falling prey to economic devastations, where 8 Mile Road demarcates the line separating the black urban streets from the white suburbia. The movie depicts the rough aspect of Jimmy's life from his job at a metal-pressing plant to disappointing love life and his relationship with a self-serving alcoholic mother, Stephanie. In the midst of all this hardships,Smith wishes to have a breakthrough in the rap industry.At first Smith loses, but in the end he makes it though he had to fight manymic battles along the way, the struggles that he is faced with would have by all rights stripped him off any confidence and hope but his determination is so strong. The film begins with B-Rabbit losing a MC battle where he chokes up and is booed off the stage; shatters his esteem to a great deal. His time Jimmy has just broken up with his girlfriend, since she was pregnant. Jimmy is forced to return home where things are no better either his mother is alcoholic and lives with an abusive boyfriend (Greg) and Jimmy’s little sister Lily. Greg happened to have been Jimmy’s friend in high school and therefore Jimmy found it hard to approve the relationship with his mother. The movie then takes the audience through Rabbit’s struggles to make in the competition. Things are not easy on Jimmy at home since Greg, who does not have a job feels that he should find another place to stay. Jimmy feels that he needs to make a life pull out of his status; he also feels sorry for his little innocent sister who felt assaulted by the world they lived in. His job was not working out well for him either and paid very little, Jimmy was really under pressure to make it in rapping and end his misery, yet he had just blown his chances out by freezing on stage. Looking at 8 miles road, it is a long stretch road with buildings, strip malls, food outlets, gas stations, separating the largely poor black population and the white. Jimmy happens to live on road links the urban and the suburban, it is the between the white and the black; between where Eminem was and where he wanted to be. It was a place where he had survival as the key; he had to preserve in order to achieve his dream. His family lived in a trailer park near the 8-mile road. He always wore a grey muffin something that makes the viewer wonder if he was hiding from the world he lived in. His best friend believed in his gift of rapping, but he had many enemies who thought a young white boy knew nothing about rapping. They used to refer to him as Elvis, look down at him, and make fun of him. Jimmy feels encouraged when a friend of his, Wink proposes that he join his rap franchise. He, however, needs to record a demo, and Jimmy starts sparing time to write his lyrics. Together with a few of his black friends, they formed a struggling rap gang, in which they would practice at night after attending their meager paying jobs. His life lights up even more when he
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