8 Mile

2002, Movie, R, 118 mins

8 Mile
As a showcase for white rapper Eminem, this gritty-looking drama has more depth than one might expect — and not just because director Curtis Hanson isn't a hack for hire. After all, the talented Vondie Curtis Hall couldn't do a thing with Mariah Carey's ludicrous vanity project GLITTER (2001). Hanson (abetted by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto) evokes the oppressive atmosphere of rundown neighborhoods like Detroit's 8 Mile, the blighted perimeter between the crumbling city and its suburbs, as well as the day-to-day experience of being nickled and dimed in America, working low-wage jobs and never getting ahead. What's most disappointing is the thoroughly cliched s...
Released: 2002 Rated: R Length: 118 mins

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