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All About the Benjamins

A Video Review of “All About the Benjamins”

Copyright 2002 Glenn Walker

Co-written, co-produced and starring Ice Cube. You know, I never considered it, but he’s one hell of an actor. Ice Cube is the best thing about “Ghosts of Mars” and he owns “Friday” and “Next Friday.” Here, he’s a bounty hunter in Miami whose prey loses a winning lottery ticket in the middle of a diamond theft by an evil criminal mastermind.

Michael Epps (Omar’s brother maybe?) is quite good. The chase for the diamonds and the lottery ticket is reminiscent of some of those old Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier flicks from the 1970s and yet it never really tips into the comedy realm but never loses that urban thriller edge either. The ending however was a little too “The Whole Nine Yards” for me.

Great action sequences, nasty villains and good guys to root for. Look for Anthony Michael Hall as a white trash trailer park deadbeat. Not a bad rental.