State Property (2002)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Urban Drama  |   Release Date - Jan 18, 2002 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Buzz McClain

There is only one way to enjoy this urban hip-hop action-fantasy and that's to pretend you are in the role of Beans (Beanie Sigel), as he moves his way Scarface-like through the many layers of the increasingly dangerous underworld of the City of Brotherly Love. To do that you must be unremittingly angry and you must lower your IQ to the point that your entire emotional response vocabulary is that of a character in a first-person shooter arcade game. State Property boasts a tour de force performance by Sigel, who dominates virtually every scene with his vulgarity-laden bluster and larger-than-life persona. That's not to say it's a comfortable experience, but it is impressive, even if a bit numbing after just a short while. Otherwise, the film, which is frequently amateurishly assembled, is a stream of oddly motivated beatings, shootouts, and profanity. Whoever wrote the ending, which violates most filmgoers' number one "Don't Do This" rule, must've been on the receiving end of some of those beatings.