Chi-Raq [DVD] [2015]

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  • Release Date: 01/26/2016
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
84% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (90 out of 108)

Special Features


  • "The Making of CHI-RAQ" featurette
  • "We Gotta Do Better" music video
  • Deleted scenes
  • Extended scenes

Synopsis


Chi-Raq
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Nick Cannon
    Nick Cannon - Chi-Raq
  • Wesley Snipes
    Wesley Snipes - Cyclops
  • Jennifer Hudson
    Jennifer Hudson - Irene
  • Teyonah Parris
    Teyonah Parris - Lysistrata
  • D.B. Sweeney
    D.B. Sweeney - Mayor McCloud



Customer rating

3.9
84%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Spike Lee tackles Gun Violence In His Newest Film

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    rruiz138
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    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 would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Fierce but Flawed

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    Ethanplus1
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    I've been a Spike Lee fan since his debut. He's an accomplished filmmaker who hasn't lost any of his edge nor creativity. Chi-raq is very imaginative and SHOULD rank highly with films like Black Orpheus if only it weren't so flawed. Spike was never a subtle filmmaker and this film could use a few pumps of the brakes. I have a theory about him: every 4th (or so) film is really good. Chi-raq doesn't fit the equation exactly. Too much of this, too little of that. Was hoping the opening song would be worth an Oscar nom. It's worth seeing for it's raw power and social commentary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful film!! Perfectly directed!!

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    airpip33
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    Spike Lee is a very, very talented film director and most of his work proves this point. Chi-Raq shows the genius and the immense talent of Spike Lee. This film is very well directed and it has several powerful messages. If you're looking to watch a film with serious content that doesn't contain all the nonsense which a lot of people find entertaining today then check out Chi-Raq!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    Taxcman
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Powerful Spike Lee Movie

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    Vegaz
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Real Stuff

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    BeeVee
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    Spike Lee did an excellent job with this movie in that he captured "real" events that are currently taking place in the city of Chicago. Although most of the violence in that city comes from males, females in this movie take an active role in helping to curb the violence by making their men offers that are hard to refuse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This movie should have been an OSCAR contender

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    BaBaDoo
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    Once again the incomparable SPIKE LEE was snubbed! This movie deals with the very real topic of violence against black people, and though I am not black, I FEEL FOR ALL PEOPLE and hate to see any segment of our population being marginalized and targeted. LETS ALL GET ALONG AS BROTHERS ON THIS PLANET

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Insight into the Windy City

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    Hadoken
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    This was a stunning look into the issues of current life in Chicago, reflective of other urban areas around the United States. This is an interpretation of a classic play, portrayed in contemporary style and candor. Not my personal favourite of Spike Lee's films ("joints"), but worthwhile to view.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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