State Property

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Released 2002

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Director:
Abdul Malik Abbott
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
State Property is a 2002 straight to video crime drama from Lionsgate Films. Beans (rapper Beanie Sigel), tired of being broke, and seeing no end to his financial troubles in sight, decides that the only way to improve his station in life is to make it happen his own way- through a murderous rampage to extend his criminal empire. Picture owes an obvious debt to Scarface, Little Caesar, Goodfellas, and literally dozens of other crime/gangster/gangsta' movies. Like all of these movies, the ambitious young character, Beans, not satisfied with an incredible fortune wants more, possibly too much. Also, much like many of the central characters that came before him, more than money, Beans wants respect. Damon Dash and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) are rival drug dealers who are at the top of the drug game. State Property sets out and achieves what it needs to be - a hip hop gangster flick for the streets and hip hop heads. The film has authentic New York slang and clothing and a great East Coast soundtrack.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 12

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    The cinematic equivalent of a gangsta rap song, State Property is little more than a marketing tool for Roc-A-Fella Records.

  • 10

    Variety

    Result is fairly good-looking video shot down by a hackneyed script, atrocious acting and a total lack of redeeming social value.

  • 0

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    At the end the picture seems to acknowledge its own ludicrousness, but by then it, like Beans, is beyond rescue.

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