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Trailer for Chi-raq shows Spike Lee tackling gun violence for next film

11.03.2015

It's been awhile since a Spike Lee joint has really connected with me, but that may change in a matter of weeks with the release of his latest film CHI-RAQ.

Serving as Amazon Studios' first original movie release, CHI-RAQ is a modern day reworking of the Greek play LYSISTRATA. Only here, the women withhold sex in order to stop gun violence, particularly black-on-black violence in the communities surrounding Chicago.

Given the headlines we see far too often concerning gun violence and also knowing the statistics that continue to rise in regards to gangs in the Chicago area, Spike Lee may be once again be ready to tackle hot button issues using the language of cinema as he did once before - with his 1989 classic DO THE RIGHT THING.

This first trailer teases a powerful film that may be waiting for us, come its limited release on December 4. Amazon Instant Video will have the film for your streaming habits within a month after that theatrical run.

Source: IMDB

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6:12AM on 11/04/2015
Intresting idea and cool cast (Snipes! Cusack! Chapelle! Nick Canon?) but Lee looks to be in blunt force saitre mode which doesnt bode well, man hasnt knocked it out the park since '25th Hour'.
Intresting idea and cool cast (Snipes! Cusack! Chapelle! Nick Canon?) but Lee looks to be in blunt force saitre mode which doesnt bode well, man hasnt knocked it out the park since '25th Hour'.
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12:16AM on 11/04/2015
What this movie proposes would never happen in real life, black chics like the D&ck way too much and black guys live to tap azz. Not being racist just being honest and you all know it.
What this movie proposes would never happen in real life, black chics like the D&ck way too much and black guys live to tap azz. Not being racist just being honest and you all know it.
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1:54AM on 11/04/2015
[link]Kenya

Worked in a couple of countries.
[link]Kenya

Worked in a couple of countries.
10:12PM on 11/03/2015

looks surprisingly good.

Haven't seen very many of Lee's films but this is the first one in a long time that seems to have a really strong concept. In addition to that he seems to be really looking at a very controversial topic in a very interesting way.
Kudos to him for talking about how this is a problem in areas like Chicago specifically as well.
Haven't seen very many of Lee's films but this is the first one in a long time that seems to have a really strong concept. In addition to that he seems to be really looking at a very controversial topic in a very interesting way.
Kudos to him for talking about how this is a problem in areas like Chicago specifically as well.
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7:59PM on 11/03/2015
I never understood when Spike Lee went from making incisive political commentary in his films, to taking himself so seriously that his films lost all their power. The last great work he did was for his Katrina documentaries. I think it says something that tackling Chicago's very real problem with gun violence feels like it might just revitalize the activist-filmmaker in a way many of his recent projects haven't.
I never understood when Spike Lee went from making incisive political commentary in his films, to taking himself so seriously that his films lost all their power. The last great work he did was for his Katrina documentaries. I think it says something that tackling Chicago's very real problem with gun violence feels like it might just revitalize the activist-filmmaker in a way many of his recent projects haven't.
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9:08PM on 11/03/2015
Didn't get to see the documentaries, but I did love Inside Man. That was probably the last movie I saw of his.
Didn't get to see the documentaries, but I did love Inside Man. That was probably the last movie I saw of his.
7:49PM on 11/03/2015
Good, black people, by that I mean young black men, need to stop shooting the shit out of each other.
Good, black people, by that I mean young black men, need to stop shooting the shit out of each other.
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12:17AM on 11/04/2015
Never happen sadly.
Never happen sadly.
7:33PM on 11/03/2015

Gave up on Spike Lee a while back

But this trailer has me cautiously optimistic.
But this trailer has me cautiously optimistic.
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6:17PM on 11/03/2015

i hate this anti gun bullshit...

i live in england where we don't got no guns but we still got a murder eight fucking times higher then the Americans and that's not to mention the regular crime which is so high... that it defies logic...
i live in england where we don't got no guns but we still got a murder eight fucking times higher then the Americans and that's not to mention the regular crime which is so high... that it defies logic...
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8:02PM on 11/03/2015
Did I read right that England's murder rate is eight times higher than in the states? Care to point me to where I can look at those statistics?
Did I read right that England's murder rate is eight times higher than in the states? Care to point me to where I can look at those statistics?
9:21PM on 11/03/2015
The only thing that defies logic is your entire post.
The only thing that defies logic is your entire post.
8:15AM on 11/04/2015
The UK's murder rate is about a 5th that of the US's per capita, as far as I'm aware. I think the US is about 5 in every 100,000 people, and the UK is about 1 in 100,000.
The UK's murder rate is about a 5th that of the US's per capita, as far as I'm aware. I think the US is about 5 in every 100,000 people, and the UK is about 1 in 100,000.
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5:25PM on 11/03/2015

Wow

This looks better than I expected. I could of sworn that was Michael B Jordan at first and got excited. Fucking Nick Cannon though, oh well I'll give him another chance. He seems okay here. Also Dave fucking Chapelle yes!
This looks better than I expected. I could of sworn that was Michael B Jordan at first and got excited. Fucking Nick Cannon though, oh well I'll give him another chance. He seems okay here. Also Dave fucking Chapelle yes!
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5:04PM on 11/03/2015

Props for the unique trailer

But something tells me the movie won't live up to this.
But something tells me the movie won't live up to this.
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