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FutureStarrA 8 Mile Cast
That’s when I saw the face I thought I wouldn’t see again. It belonged to the soldier who’d finally come to take me away.
8 Mile is a 2002 American musical drama film written by Scott Silver and directed by Curtis Hanson. It stars Eminem in his film debut, alongside Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, Anthony Mackie, and Kim Basinger. The film, which contains autobiographical elements from Eminem's life, follows white rapper B-Rabbit (Eminem) and his attempt to launch a career in hip hop, a genre dominated by African-Americans. The title is derived from 8 Mile Road, the highway between the predominantly African-American city of Detroit and the largely white suburban communities to the north that Eminem originally lived in. (Source:
In 1995, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. (Eminem) is a young and frustrated blue-collar factory worker. He has moved back north of 8 Mile to the rundown trailer home in Warren of his alcoholic mother, Stephanie (Kim Basinger), his sister Lily (Chloe Greenfield) and Stephanie's abusive live-in boyfriend Greg Buehl (Michael Shannon). Jimmy is focused on getting his rap career started, but he seems stalled; he tries to compete in a rap battle, but chokes with stage fright and is booed off the stage. Just prior to the events of the film, he ends a relationship with his pregnant girlfriend, Janeane (Taryn Manning) and during the film, begins a new relationship with Alex (Brittany Murphy), whom he meets at the factory that he works at when she arrives looking for her brother who also works there. (Source: rap.fandom.com)
Now: Appearing in such critically-acclaimed films as ‘Cold Mountain’ and ‘Hustle & Flow,’ Manning has also kept a parallel music career going since 2003. Her brother Kellin formed the pop duo Boomkat and they’ve released two albums to-date. Manning released a solo single called ‘Send Me Your Love‘ in 2012. In 2013 she starred in the popular Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, which is due back for its second season in June of 2014. (Source:
In the movie industry today, it's not uncommon to see a musical artist make his or her attempt at being a part of a film in some way or another. However, it's uncommon to see those films be worthwhile. With 8 Mile, however, we are treated to an emotional, uplifting, and well-acted story that follows a character that parallels Eminem, played by Eminem, and his everyday struggles in the slums of Detroit. The story here is one that is very familiar, and if you've ever watched a sports drama you've seen this in some form or another. So, in a few scenes, the things that happen are predictable. It's a flaw that the film almost can't help, but it's a flaw that can be overlooked thanks to the surprisingly impressive performance by Marshall Mathers (that's Eminem's real name, in case you don't know). Having grown up in the same environment that his character, Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith, suffers through in the film, he is able to deliver a hard-hitting, real performance that draws audiences into his character's difficult life. This is another thing the film does excellently: it provides an authentic, engrossing journey into the lives of the low-class city dwellers, one that is suitably depressing at times. It made me feel sorry for the characters portrayed in the movie, and it made me all the more thankful for the privileges I have in my life. And many aspects of the plot that seemed otherwise unimportant and unnecessary contribute to that atmosphere that the film sets up. The supporting cast in the movie is also strong, even though some performances were more memorable than others (Kim Basinger's was one of the biggest stand-outs). In the end, 8 Mile is a well-done film that provides an emotional journey into the life of a young man who is able to rise out of the shit-hole and achieve greatness. It's memorable, and it's a reminder as to why Eminem and rappers like him are respected in the ways they are. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)