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Never Die Alone Movie review

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Mar. 28th, 2004 | 10:16 am
気持ち: exhausted exhausted
音楽: Princess princess, sekaide ichiban atsui natsu

We all know life as a drug dealer is never beautiful, but what we continue to fail to see is the possible emotional struggle a drug dealer may encounter during his/her time in such an audacious field. Director Ernest R. Dickerson tries to bring in the reality faced by drug dealers in the latest film, “Never Die Alone.”
King David (DMX) has returned to his hometown on the East coast to try to make a mends for all his past crimes, but upon arrival is immediately attacked by his old boss. The only person to witness the attack on King David is a Caucasian writer, Paul (David Arquette). Although he has no connection to King, he rushes King to the hospital in order to help him. Unfortunately, King passes away, but before dying he leaves all his possessions to the writer, asking him, as a dying wish, to find King’s son and turn everything over to him. However, Paul is no ordinary novelist, but a journalist as well. Curious about the motives for David’s death, Paul decides to do some research on King, and has help with the audio taped autobiography left in King’s car.
According to the tapes, King had left the east coast to escape his boss, Moon. Once in the West coast though, King discovers how easy it is to push Moon’s drugs and begins to build a new reputation for himself in LA. After making many clients, business is booming and King begins to make profitable gain off of the drugs. Eventually, King’s past begins to sneak up on him, especially when he meets up with Brenda, a young college woman who he falls in love with. What was the true past of King David, and for what reasons was he murdered?
DMX is known as a popular hardcore rapper, and he has also starred in other films with martial arts along side of the plot (“Romeo Must Die” and “Cradle to the Grave”). In this particular film, DMX has a role that is more serious than his previous works. Surprisingly, he delivers a pretty convincing performance because DMX portrays a man who is devoted to making peace with the Lord, and those who know about DMX will also know that the true DMX is actually a man devoted to his religion. For that reason, he more of less fits the profile.
The film is also shot with a digital camera, which creates the “home video” effect throughout the film. This may be fitting because the film is about the history of King David. The cinematography of the film depicts the flashback of the life of King, making it appear as if it were a story out of someone’s mind. At the same time, the cinematography also makes it difficult to view events clearly.
While the film did show DMX in a critical moment in his acting career, the film lacks a strong plot. People who watch the film may question the motives for creating a film such as this. Reason being, the main character dies, and the audience is left with no happy ending. Because of the lack of plot, there is no emotional development for any of the characters in the film. For example, in DMX’s previous performance of “Cradle to the Grave” we see the stronger and weaker side of his character, while in “Never Dies Alone” the weakness of the character is introduced, but there is no true evidence of his weakness throughout the film.
One strong highlight of the film, which I personally will comment on, is the make up. During King’s adventures in California, we learn that he begins to push Heroin along side of cocaine. The make-up artists, I believe, have done an exceptional job in displaying physical changes the drugs have on a person. It was shockingly real how people change physically and mentally when they are addicted to drugs, and the film keeps true to this reality.

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