In Spike Lee's modern-day adaptation of Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, a gang leader's girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) is called to action after a child is killed by a stray bullet. She convinces a group of women to help put an end to the violence in Chicago's South Side by taking a vow of abstinence, which will only end when their men decide to bring peace to the city. Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, and Angela Bassett co-star.~Erin Demers
Chi-Raq, another nickname given to Chicago because of the end result of gun violence...death. From 2001 to 2015, more people have died in Chicago due to gun violence than Americans that have died in both the Afgan and the Iraq wars put together. The movie's plot surrounds itself based on an old Greek story dealing with the Spartans and the Trojans killing one another in a senseless war. The way the main protagonist, Lyssistrada, tries and make the men from both factions to stop fighting and end the violence is for all women to deny their men intercourse. Spike Lee holds no bars in this movie by taking on the NRA, local and federal government, and most of all the people causing the violence in the streets. Some people might consider this movie too preachy, but me personally I loved the preachiness in the movie and it's a shame that not enough movies do it and execute it well.
I knew it was going to be a controversial film before the critics lambasted it." No peace, No piece" was a nice thought though not realistic. I wanted to see it when it first came to the theater. It was okay to watch, with a few notable actors and decent soundtrack.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
My wife and I enjoyed this movie, I knew some of the problems in that part of this country, but it also represents many problems around the world. Being grandparents, we have to be informed and concerned about our grandkids future and their decisions they will have to make. We provide dialog, love and prayer with them, thank God they listen and are engaged and opinionated.
Spike did it again with "Chi-Raq" just like he did with "Do The Right Thing"!!!! The clever way the dialogue is done with rhymes and the message that needs to be heard and actually performed in real life. I would have wanted someone else to play Nick Cannon's part, but it still was a great movie to add to the collection .... especially the Spike Lee collection.
Spike Lee has made a very interesting film. The message is very important, and the storytelling approach is challenging. It takes a few scenes to settle in to the acting and dialog style, but there are some very rewarding performances in this cast.
Spike Lee's modern satire hits home and is more urgent than ever. Taking on Gun violence in Chicago and exploring everything from Black on Black Violence to Police Shootings, the film is intense, emotional and at times funny but never uncaring.