Aug. 14, 2015, F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton released and became one of the summer’s top grossing movies. Straight Outta Compton is a biopic that tells the story of the rappers behind the controversial rap group N.W.A., which includes Eazy E (Eric Lynn Wright), Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson), Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young), MC Ren (Lorenzo Jerald Patterson), and DJ Yella (Antoine Carraby).
The name of the movie is based off their debut album together and takes place in Compton, Calif. during the 1980s. During this time police brutality and the war on drugs was at an all time high. The movie vividly shares the stories of these young men growing up around this time having to deal with strict law enforcement and street violence at the same time. The high point of the film happens when the group makes music to escape a difficult life.
While watching the film, audiences will realize that the film is culturally relevant to today’s society when it comes to police brutality. In the film, police were a constant form of conflict to the members of
N.W.A. One of N.W.A’s most popular songs, “F*ck the Police,” painted images in listeners’ heads of how police treated the group and their community. Fast forward almost 30 years, you will notice that the people of this country are still going through the same issues.
This movie helped show the next generation that we all have the voice to tell the truth no matter where you come from. All in all, this movie was one of the best movies that premiered this year. It was unique, insightful, relevant, and real. I give this movie a 5/5 for being honest, telling a very difficult story in such a short period of time and being able to impact the younger generation who have similar problems in terms of police brutality.
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