Movie Reviews: 'Chi-Raq'

By Jacob Fisher


Love him or hate him Spike Lee is a director who’s always looking out of the box for new ideas. He hit a rough patch these last few years with “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” and “Oldboy” but I’m very happy to report that he’s back in business with “Chi-Raq” 

“Chi-Raq” which is a modern take on the Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes but get this instead of presenting it in the past Spike Lee made the backdrop in Chicago with all the gang violent happening there as we speak. “Chi-Raq” follows the main character “Chi-Raq” (Nick Cannon) who’s the leader of one of the big gangs in Chicago who’s lost with all the drugs and violent while he fights with his rival Cyclops (Wesley Snipes). Meanwhile his girl Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) is right in the middle of their war but soon discover that while she been going around with the ride that their actions been trouble than what she been dealing with. Irene (Jennifer Hudson) and Miss Helen (Angela Bassett) are both mothers who lost their kids to the gang violent that been happening in Chi-Raq and sick of the deaths they’re seeing every day in front of their eyes. So they run an idea by the girls of the gangsters to change the outcome of the war happening in the streets of Chi-Raq. 

Now the first thing to say about this film is that the leads are fantastic. Nick Cannon and Teyonah Parris just absolutely kill it in their roles 100%.  Second the soundtrack is easily the best I heard in 2015 and just makes the point of the film even more powerful. 

“Chi-Raq” is Spike Lee's return to form and I honestly couldn’t be happier. The performances are aces and the story is current and powerful. I will even go as far to say that it’s the most important film of 2015. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars