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State Property
cast: Beanie Sigel, Jay Z, Damon Dash, Memphis Bleek, and Ormillio Sparks

director: Abdul Malik Abbott

90 minutes (18) 2002
widescreen ratio 16:9
MIA DVD Region 2 retail
Also available to buy on video

RATING: 2/10
reviewed by John M. Peters
I'm not sure where to start with State Property as I found this movie to be extremely depressing and yes, even repellent in its glorification of black street culture, gangs and violent crime. It seems to go out of its way to show young black Americans that the only way to empower themselves is by selling drugs and fighting violent 'turf wars' with a variety of high-powered weapons.
   The story, supposedly a true one, follows local black gangster Beans (Beanie Sigel) and his crew as they take over the neighbourhood and then larger areas of the city in their search for money and power (over the black community). The film attempts to show these characters as an extended family, with Beans as the paterfamilias ruling the family with the gun. Any dissent usually ends in a bullet in the gut, and wives and girlfriends are treated as whores or virtual slaves.
   What is truly upsetting is that this movie seems to have been written and produced by blacks, and if their intention was to use the movie as a warning to the kids on the streets then it fails as it simply glorifies black gangsterism and the creed 'live fast, die young'. When there is so much stereotypical media attention on crime by blacks surely this production house could have come up with something more positive.
   DVD extras include: director's commentary, theatrical trailer, cast and dancer auditions, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, four music videos, scene selection, interactive menus and previews of other MIA releases.
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