Eminem goes the distance

By Abigail Keefe
November 21, 2002

After two weeks in the box office, rap artist Eminem has successfully proven that he is no Vanilla Ice and he isn’t planning on falling off the charts anytime soon. With the recent release of Eminem’s movie “8 Mile”, critics and fans alike have been praising the movie that many have labeled as one of the best of its kind.

Born on the streets of Detroit between the crossroads of suburban and urban America in the perimeter known as 8 Mile, Jimmy Smith Jr. a.k.a Bunny Rabbit (Eminem) is torn between the controversial underground world of rap and the inevitable life of poverty inside the gates of the trailer home community where he lives.

Smith, who’s life as a blue collared worker at a stamping factory adds to the emotional battle he faces in the movie plays the role of a white boy trying to make it in a black mans world. The movie is not the typical poor boy makes it and becomes rich type of flick. Eminem plays the solid role not much different than his actual life story, which depicts the life of a street rapper trying to be somebody.

Backboned on the rough gritty streets of Detroit, Smith deals with his alcoholic mother (Kim Basinger) who seems to have lost control of reality. When Smith and his girlfriend break-up, which brings him back to the trailer park, the movie unfolds from there.

Inspired by his life around him, Smith visits the local shelter at night with his group of friends where local rappers engage in 45 second rap battles where each rapper battles against each other in the most verbally abusive manner to eventually win the battle for respect and power rights. With support from friend and shelter MC Future (Mekhi Phifer) Smith realizes in order to make it big and get out of Detroit he must face his stage fright of performing and do what he does best, rap.

The realization of the movie and rap battles alone prove to be a deem able excuse to go see Eminem in his first movie screen performance. Eminem blows up the screen with dynamic rhymes and dramatic acting leaving the moviegoers hopeful for a sequel.

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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