Thicker Than Water

on October 29, 1999 by Dwayne E. Leslie
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   This urban drama centers around two gangs in the midst of a turf war who call a truce in order to pool resources to make "big bank" (lots of money). As long the drug money keeps coming in, all is well with collaborators DJ (Mack 10) and Lonzo (Fat Joe)--that is, until a variety of rivals plot against them.
   This film goes to great lengths not to glorify thug life. Having rappers and hip hop artists from the west and east coast working together gives audiences a double dose of unity and lets them see both sides of the coin and, in the end, receive the messages the film is trying to get across to those in similar situations. One lesson is that when drugs and big money are involved, there is no loyalty. The central theme, however, is that one should take care of business at home, because blood is thicker than water. Not everyone is given a second chance, and it is what DJ and Lonzo do with theirs that makes this film worthwhile.    Starring: Mack 10, Fat Joe, CJ Mack, MC Eiht, Kidada Jones and Tom'ya Bowden. Directed by Richard Cummings Jr. Written by Ernest Nyle Brown. Produced by Darryl Taja and Andrew Shack. A Palm release. Drama. Rated R for strong violence and drug content, nonstop language and some nudity. Running time: 90 min.
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