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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When their friend Cookie {Thandie Newton} overdoses, Spoon {Tupac Shakur} and Stretch {Tim Roth} make the decision to kick their drug habits. However in spite of their determination they find themselves constantly hampered by red tape. Shunted from building to building the boys have enough on their plates as it is, but they also have the small matter of an irate drug lord after them as well.

I tuned in to watch Gridlock'd expecting a buddy buddy nonsense piece of fluff, what I actually got was a darkly funny satire on the health-care state of America and an interesting flip side to the life of the drug addicted. Never one sided in its sympathies to either side of the fence, Vondie Curtis-Hall's {writer and director} picture throws up interesting posers whilst poking us in the ribs along the way. Both Shakur and Roth are excellent, creating a rich chemistry that is as believable as it is potent. The direction is relaxed, with Hall content to just let the cameras follow these guys from one situation to another. And the dialogue is zippy and easy on the ears. Some scenes, in spite of the expected contrivances, are hilarious, with one particular stabbing scene being an absolute riot {I kid you not}. To which leaves a film just crying out to be discovered by more people.

The film serves as a fitting tribute to Shakur, who was sadly murdered before this film was even released. On the evidence of this piece, the music world not only lost a supremely talented poet of the street, but cinema also lost a talented actor. R.I.P Tupac Shakur 1971-1996.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2003
A trio of small time musicians are forced into evaluating their lives after their dalliance with drugs turns into a disaster.
The trio of Cookie (Thandie Newton) - the group's vocalist, Spoon (Tupac Shakur), who plays double bass and is also on vocals and Stretch (Tim Roth), the band's keyboard player, are plunged into crisis in the film's opening sequence due to their substance abuse. In a dramatic beginning Cookie is comatose and in such a perilous physical condition that she literally has to be dragged to a hospital by Spoon and Stretch.
The action then focuses on the duo's somewhat half-hearted attempts to ease their dependence on drugs, while Cookie, we presume, makes a full recovery.
Stretch is seethingly sardonic about the seemingly endless layers of petty bureaucracy that the pair have to face to enter a drug rehabilitation programme, however neither he, nor Spoon have much time to mull over the many obstacles in their path after they rip off a local drug dealer who seeks deadly retribution.
The film flits between the past and the present using still photography to link between different scenes. We're taken from the smoke-filled jazz club where the triumvirate perform to the grimy, litter filled streets of Detroit as Stretch and Spoon fruitlessly attempt to get some help for their substance habits.
It's a relatively interesting affair, that although certainly not ground breaking nor necessarily insightful, has an endearing quality.
This is mainly due to the main protagonists, as Roth and Shakur occupy the screen for the majority of its running time and the latter's charisma filters into every shot, illuminating the drab locations that the duo prowl.
Shakur, as you would expect given that he was a rap artist, copes easily with the colourful colloquial language that peppers the script and although Roth's American accent does waver at times, he reprises some of the subdued fury he exhibited in his startling film debut, Made in Britain (1980).
There is a genuine camaraderie between Roth and Shakur, whose credible performance suggested that he was destined for larger acting roles. His untimely and extremely unfortunate death denied him the chance to fulfil the latent potential he also displayed in Juice (1992).
Ice Cube's cogent showing in the excellent Boyz N the Hood (1991) demonstrated that rappers were capable of making the transition to the big screen.
However aside from Eminem, who was entirely plausible as an actor in 8 Mile, no other microphone controller (MC) has made the meteoric leap into movies with any large degree of success.
Pretenders like DMX (Exit Wounds) and P Diddy (Monster's Ball) have made fairly egregious attempts to break into the turbulent waters of the Hollywood sea, however neither, it appears, will ever sail confidently in such hostile and unforgiving territory.
And in a way that makes Tupac's premature passing even more poignant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 3 March 2003
Set in an inner city of America this is the story of two heroin adicts trying to kick their adiction. Staring Tupac shakur and Tim roth it is a powerful and moving drama.
Shocked by the OD of their close friend tupac and tim roth try and kick their addiction and the story follows the day in which they try and do this. Reaching out for help they find themselves caught between a system that doesnt want to know and drug dealers that will try anything to keep hold of them.
This film is brilliantly acted and directed, It combines a touch of dark humour and irony with serious issues about the lack of help and support available in the inner city areas of america for drug rehabilitation.
Out of all tupacs films this is the one i remember him for as it shows the potenial of what could of been a great acting career.
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on 19 February 2010
A fast paced romp around New York (I think it was NY, it had that feeling) with a couple of musicians who accidentally crossed the thin line between recreational drug use and being gunned down in broad daylight by gangsters. It's a believable scenario, unlike Tim Roth's accent which unfortunately let's his performance down somewhat. A shame for me as I am a Tim fan. Tupac Shakur (may he Rest In Peace) does a decent job in the other lead role, but drugs, guns, being chased cops, is Tupac even acting? The film does rather hinge on the two leads putting in solid performances, the supporting character roles are too small to lend any weight, so the final product just falls short of the big league in the end.

There are plenty of wiseguy scenes and one-liners to keep you entertained and it does seem to fly by quickly which is a good sign. Overall, a must for die-hard Tupac fans and if you want some action packed entertainment to fritter away your evening without having to perform mental gymnastics, give it a spin.

Maybe more of a renter than a keeper but it's a close call.
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on 13 July 2011
This was purchased for a friend of mine as they have always kept saying they would like to watch it.

As any good friend who has seen it, I got the movie for them.

The movie shows Tupak in a classic movie and well worth watching if you havent seen it

My friend came back to me and stated that it is one of the classic films that people should "Get Around" to watching, Thoroughly enjoy the movie with a mixture of great scenes and comedy.

My frind can only say, "The classic movies are TOPS"

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on 11 March 2015
I love Tupac and I remember seeing this years ago when I was about 14 years old - at the time I didn't really get it or like it. So now being almost 18 years older and wiser I thought I would try it again. I still don't like it or get it. Its just not funny - even though the cover states " a very funny adventure". To see Tupac on film is superb so I'm glad I tried it again. I may leave it another 18 years and see if I grow to like it.
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on 10 November 2011
One of tupacs and tim roths best films.

The story about a day in the life of two drug addicts trying to kick their habits while trying to avoid a drug dealer and getting into rehab.

If you thought that a movie with this plot wouldn't really go that far, you'd be wrong.

Great acting by tupac and tim roth they play of each other really well. This film has it all, a bit of comedy, drama and all round enjoyment. This film is worth buying.
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on 30 September 2011
I saw this years ago and was so impressed by it, i was over the moon to see it available in amazon...they have such an awesome stock of such a variety of items, including DVD's. This film has an amazing storyline and the acting is's very real and people can relate to it, and if not, empathise with the characters. Very entertaining!!
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on 16 November 2011
gridlock'd was a very enjoyable film.

both main characters are very interesting.

the leading female actress Thandie Newton is ok/ average.

very good story.

worth renting and buying
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on 19 February 2013
Gridlock'd is a great film and stars tupac shakur and tim roth who are great actors in this film. a must buy worth every penny. Why buy from anywhere else thank you Amazon. 10/10
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