Spike Lee is back on the rampage and the result is this dazzling, rage-fuelled, in-your-face hip-hop musical that re-purposes Aristophanes’ Lysistrata – a comedy about a Greek heroine who leads a sex-strike to prevent war – setting it in Chicago’s South Side. Chi-Raq (Nick Cannon) is the leader of the Spartans and the lover of foxy, feisty Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris - Mad Men). The Spartans are at war with rival gang, the Trojans, led by Cyclops (Wesley Snipes). When an 11-year-old-girl is killed in the crossfire, Lysistrata decides to take action, convincing her sisters on both sides to take a stand - with the rallying cry of “No peace, no pussy”.
The first original movie from Amazon Studios employs the still considerable energies of a clearly rejuvenated Spike Lee, who revels in this crazy-on-paper project that conflates Greek mythology, hop-hop and a scorching social commentary on inner city violence. Reframing the Black Lives Matter debate with colour, creativity and pounding beats, and featuring an incredible cast that also includes John Cusack, Angela Bassett and Samuel L Jackson as rhyming narrator (surely a successor to Mister Señor Love Daddy), this is Spike Lee’s most intoxicating joint for a decade.
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Comedy 1951 103 mins Director: Gene Kelly
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Musical 1943 99 mins Director: Vincente Minnelli
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Comedy 1954 112 mins Director: Roy Rowland
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Musical 1985 90 mins Director: Alan Clarke
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Musical 2014 92 mins Director: Rufus Norris
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Musical 1965 92 mins Director: Kenneth Hume
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Drama 1959 87 mins Director: Edmond T. Gréville
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Drama 1960 111 mins Director: Val Guest
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Melodrama 1930 75 mins Director: Richard Eichberg
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Featuring Teyonah Parris
Drama 2018 119 mins Director: Barry Jenkins
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Directed by Spike Lee
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Documentary 2018 91 mins Director: Werner Herzog
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Drama 2017 108 mins Director: Annabel Jankel
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