Well folks, the time has finally come. (Though before I get to that, I want to make a quick note that Microsoft Word’s spell check suggests that either I change that fragment to “Well folks, the time have finally come” or change it to, “A well folk, the time has finally come,” so now I’ll be stuck with that obnoxious squiggly line). Anyway, as I was saying, folks, the time has finally come – for the now two-plus year Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson taking on the role of a high school football player ailing from cancer. Today, we finally get to see what the now 36-year-old rapper-turned-(failed) actor looks like in his attempt to play someone half his age and resurrect the acting career he believes he once had.
The film, entitled “All Things Fall Apart,” centers around Jackson’s character, Deon, who is on track to make the transition from high school straight into the NFL. But Deon is sidetracked by a form of spinal cancer that takes him down a completely different path, a strange path where Ray Liotta plays a doctor and not some sort of dangerous psychopath.
Although I’ve yet to be wowed by any of Jackson’s previous performances, I’ve got to give him credit for his dedication to the role – his transition from a muscled ball player to the cancer-stricken patient shows a dedication to the role on par with Christian Bale in “Into the Wild.” 50 Cent really took it to another level by losing the weight that he lost for the part and the image we’re left with is very gripping and emotional. Furthermore, in addition to his abandonment of his muscle, is his desertion of his “rapper” persona that usually can’t be shaken. Ludacris is always Ludacris in movies, as is Ice Cube, Ice T, and many others, but Jackson here loses himself in Deon, and it looks like he may deliver an uncharacteristically good performance.
Judging by the trailer, “All Things Fall Apart” may be worth your while just to see what Jackson does with the role when the film opens this Valentine’s Day .