Eminem’s first foray into film saw him playing ‘Rabbit’, a white Detroit rapper so closely modeled on himself as to be almost autobiographical.
A gritty, underdog tale in the Rocky Balboa mould, boxing is swapped for battle MC’ing as our man fights through poverty, prejudice and a broken home to reach the top of his game.
8 Mile have potent impact on America’s youth.
It is rare that an established filmmaker and production company create something that young people are able to grasp the complete meaning of. Intellectual jargon or unnecessary vagueness of plot often take precedence over lucidity and appeal.
Eminem’s “8 Mile” has managed to break this cycle, presenting in poignant audio/video style the nature of the life so many of our nation’s youth live, and how despite it all there always remains the possibility to break through.
The film’s meaning is largely overt, not subtle, and makes itself available to a much wider variety of viewers than most films with any sort of dramatic moral. Just look at the box office reports for “8 Mile”s opening weekend.
I won’t attempt to speculate on the effect the film will have among our youth, but I personally believe it will be positive in nature. It will be impossible for this film to become as transient as an action blockbuster or as esoteric as a cult classic. It’s depth and range of appeal are simply unparalleled in our time.