Cert 15 139mins Stars 2
Rapper and actor Tupac Shakur was only 25 years old when he was murdered in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip, in 1996.
This meandering biopic sees Demetrius Shipp Jr. giving an energised performance as the singer and the musical sequences have considerable power. Knowing little about Tupac before the film, I was surprised when I recognised a couple of his tracks.
However you won’t learn anything here which isn’t on Tupac’s Wikipedia page and the script is basically a check list of his arrests, romances, and recordings.
And of course it features Tupac’s infamous friendship turned feud with New York rap star Biggie Smalls, AKA The Notorious B.I.G.
But it’s less compelling than last years Straight Outta Compton, which covers the same time period and many of same musicians and producers.
Having releases 9 albums when he was alive, Tupac has managed to release another 7 since. Which is some going. So someone somewhere is still cashing in on talent.