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Tupac: Resurrection 2003

Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop MCs of all time...

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The documentary, as I expected, was too one-sided, but Pac's narrative makes it interesting to watch. I was surprised to see there were some white older adults in the audience, and they seemed to enjoy it. In contrast to its one-sided nature, the movie sheds light on some problems in society, such as police brutality and black on black crime (After the first time he was shot, Pac commented "I really did believe that no black person would ever shoot me.").

The documentary delves into his life, from growing up with a single mother ("You need a man to teach you to be a man."), to dealing drugs on the streets at age 20, even though other dealers were telling him to start a recording career. He did, and found out when he was famous when the cops stopped him for jaywalking and beat him up. Shakur acknowledges his influence many times, and tries to act upon it. I'm sure most people who watch this movie will feel that his loss is a tragedy, but let the man rest. I think this would be the perfect note to end his legacy.




A great documentary. You really get to see what 2Pac the artist and human being comes from. You really see how smart and hard working he is, even though he gets into a lot of trouble.


The second-best documentary made based on Tupac. I loved every second of this refreshing look at the martyr's life. He was truly a thug poet, one of my all time favorite musicians, and a gangster to the fullest, which Lazin clearly depicts in the entire documentary. The video clips and sound clips the filmmakers had to shuffle through must have been hell, but they picked the best ones for the documentary, making this an endearing piece of work.

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Today I watched Tupac Resurrection.

I always pictured Tupac as a stereotypical gangsta rapper, trying to act hard while only in it for the fame and fortune. I was never a big fan of Tupac. Recently I have been interested in his music though. A lot of big fans of his that I know have been telling me that a lot of his music has good meaning and that he wasn't just another hard ass rapper. To my suprise, a lot of his music is very emotional and important.

I watched this doc to further my interests in Tupac, to see if I can understand him more. This documentary is perfect if you are wanting to know the real Tupac. It's not just about his life, but about a lot of his feelings and thoughts towards various subjects. Watching this gave me a lot more respect for him as an artist and activist against gang violence. It may seem that Tupac is just promoting the violence, but in truth he was trying to stop it. He wanted his voice heard, and used music to do that.

Very interesting documentary. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Tupac: Resurrection is yet another documentary on the life of the late rapper Tupac Shukur. While immensely talented, Shukur was also very troubled and his life story is riddled with brushes with the law and criminals. This documentary is unique in that it is told entirely through Tupac's own words which is both a positive and a negative. It is a positive in that you get some unique insight into a larger than life entertainer, a negative in that the perspective in entirely one-sided and the viewer is left with a distorted picture of the man's life history. The film is slickly made and very watchable but after viewing it I was left with two questions: 1) did I really learn anything "new" and 2) How many Tupac documentary do we really need? As in his life, it appears that Tupac is still a money making machine and it seems that people, no matter how good their motives, just can't stay away from the Tupac money trove. While he is clearly a very talented individual, I question he long term impact on music. The same can be said with Kurt Cobane and Jim Morrison. Will their legacy match their hype? That is a good question. And one not answered by this film.
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PROFESSIONAL, WELL MADE WITH A GOOD PACE. NOT QUITE SURE IF IT DESERVED IT'S OSCAR NOMINATION, HOWEVER.
Tupac: Resurrection
Directed by: Lauren Lazin




This was a doc that seemed like it should be much better then it was. But other then the fact that Tupac narrates most of it, it really doesn't offer much. Perhaps they relied too much on Pac's narration to dictate the flow of the film. I love Tupac, and he was an interesting enough person to make this worthwhile, but none the less, it was kinda disappointing.




I am probably one of the least likely rap fans ever. I was born and raised in Bible Belt hicktown USA. However as long as I can remember I loved rap. The first rap song I heard was NWA's Straight Outta Compton. Fuck tha Police soon followed and I remember just being connected to these guys because while I couldn't relate to the toughness of the hood I could relate to flipping off authority. Rap back then was not the mainstream. It was dangerous and anyone growing up poor could identify with the message. Public Enemy, NWA, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, etc were all known and loved figures to me. Sure there was always the prerequisite ho slapping and ass tapping but there was a message in the rhymes back then. I hesitate to sound like an old fogey but when you listen to this shit nowadays it is like a whole new world. Supposedly now it is rebellion simply to drink 40s and have rims on your car. That is about the extent of rap now. It has been reduced to corporate stamped party music. For fuck's sakes it used to have presidents and politicians fighting it and denouncing it. Now it barely causes a ripple other than Eminem's gay bashing. What happened?

I'll tell you what happened. Tupac Shakur was shot and killed and he took the soul of rap with him. Tupac has been called a contradiction so many times that it is a cliche at this point. People will call him a violent sex criminal but the evidence hardly bears that out and you certainly can't take an american jury seriously when it comes to black men and white women. Was Pac a perfect man? Not at all but you find me a perfect man and I'll show you a myth. Tupac wasn't perfect but there is one thing he was that I think is admirable. He was honest to a fault about what he felt. I think at the end of the day that is all we can hope to be is honest about life and our beliefs concerning it. Tupac's honesty flowed from his albums and from his terrific film performances. Tupac connected with people because you didn't see a sell out peddling the same old shit to the masses. Tupac was honest about how much life sucked and yet he still tried to make it better even though he knew it was a lost cause. Where rappers today make soulless garbage that ignores or glorifies the hedonism and excess of the rich while the poor suffer Tupac's albums stand out as works that are socially aware and take no prisoners.

I finally watched this documentary in Pac's own words. I don't mind saying I was hesitant to do so mostly because I have tried to stay away from the profiteering and hero worship. I love Tupac but I feel to be honest means that we have to look at everything about Tupac and understand that he is just a man and a flawed man like everyone else. So it was with great reluctance that I watched this documentary and I was pleasantly surprised. Tupac's words from various interviews gives us the narraration and it just goes to lend credibility and a mystical quality to the whole proceedings. While you would expect it to take a sympathetic look to Pac and it does it doesn't beat you over the head that he is a God of any kind. For a film overseen by his mother it is surprisingly light on the absurd praise that some films have been guilty of. It doesn't shy away from Pac's legendary big mouth getting him into trouble and it is fair in asserting his conscience and spirit. It is overall a great film that really expresses why Tupac is so beloved. He is at once a woman lover and hater. A gangster and peacemaker. A thug and an angel. Tupac is the complexity that is the world we live in and that is why so many of us loved him so much. The movie doesn't get caught up in the useless speculation on who killed Tupac. To quote him in the movie "Who shot me? Shit I don't know". I really loved this movie and I think it is well worth anyone's time to watch if they want to understand why Rap at one time was a culturally significant musical genre. People like Pac, Biggie, Dre, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, etc were artists commenting on the social situation and inequalities of our nation. They were not sideshows or morally bankrupt thugs. No matter what the rich elite black and white have to say.

What this documentary does is paint a very honest picture of Tupac from his perspective. Now that may not be the whole truth but how can we ever be sure what the whole truth is? Tupac certainly didn't see himself as a perfect figure and he was honest about that just like everything else. This film shows what he thought about himself and that is a pretty damn interesting journey and well worth your time. This is a must for fans and I think anyone that enjoys a journey into the mind and heart of a cultural figure.
The Craft was a good movie with a good cast. Well done movie. It's a little scary and a little bit teen movie. It's like one reviewer put it, "a cross between "Clueless" and "Carrie"". I saw this movie once before, but I was only 6 then and i didn't remember much about it.
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