Empire

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Released 2002

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Director:
Franc. Reyes
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
On the streets of the South Bronx, it takes an attitude to build an empire. But on Wall Street, it's a whole other world, defined by power and privilege. These two worlds collide in Empire; the story of gangster Victor Rosa?s (John Leguizamo) quest for the American Dream as he tries to escape his criminal past and free himself of the trappings of easy money on the violent streets of the South Bronx. Determined to make a legitimate life for himself and his girlfriend (Delilah Cotto), Victor partners with a powerful Wall Street investment banker (Peter Sarsgaard) only to discover that the price he must pay for his new lifestyle is much more than he bargained for.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    In regard to Franc. Reyes' engrossing and utterly uncompromising Empire let it be said right at the top that the protean John Leguizamo, last seen as Toulouse-Lautrec in "Moulin Ro...

  • 60

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Choreographer-turned-filmmaker Franc. Reyes covers familiar ground without stumbling or dazzling.

  • 10

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Serves a reheated notion on a creaky TV tray.

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    Drama

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    Crime, Adult, Thrillers