'BODIED' Targets PC Culture
Acting - 8/10
Direction - 8.6/10
Cinematography - 7.4/10
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Writer: Alex Larsen
Director: Joseph Kahn
Release: November 28, 2018
Bodied wants everyone to get offended and keep moving forward like it’s nothing
‘BODIED’ Targets PC Culture
Sticks and stones are nothing compared to the verbal assault dished out in this bold film. Bodied is the first celebration of underground rap since 2002’s 8 Mile starring Eminem. Director Joseph Kahn (Detention) has put together a visually stunning film that takes aim at the politically correct society that exists today. Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally) stars as Adam, a graduate student doing research on battle rap for his thesis at Berkeley. Adam finds himself unintentionally involved in the scene after discovering his own skills. Written by Alex Larsen (aka Kid Twist), the movie addresses cultural appropriation and illustrates how quickly words can turn offensive. This is the satirical knife wound that America didn’t see coming.
What’s The Story?
Bodied takes shots at everyone and wants the world to become woke. Freedom of speech is the ultimate weapon in this cinematic masterpiece, and the film raises several questions regarding racism, and other controversial topics trending in America’s political climate. In the world of battle rap, a victory can cost you friends, family, and everything that matters most. The battles in the movie are intense, and there are two battles at the end that perfectly capture how far is too far for battle rap standards. Rap battles are not grounded in rules but the dialogue between certain characters like Behn Grymm (Jackie Long) and Adam help the audience realize that just maybe certain aspects can cross the line.
Dizaster, a well known underground rapper, stars as Megaton, a battle rapper with an intimidating presence throughout the film. Megaton’s lines are all hard-hitting and genuine since Dizaster is an actual battle rapper. Megaton stays away from Adam for the majority of the film and the story makes it a point to illustrate their battles in the most energetic way that leads to an unforgettable lyrical assault between the two. Calum Worthy gives an amazing performance as the underdog rapper who stomps his opponents into the abyss. At first, his lines don’t go over well with the audience but once he finds his rhythm he sticks to it for the duration of each battle. The words intensify with each new exchange, and the delivery sticks each time.
This battle rap satire aims to criticize the underground sport while also feeding off the energy it can bring. Joseph Kahn’s direction brings the battles to life; the audience can feel the energy shared between the actors on screen. Known for his music video work with Eminem, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake, it should be no surprise that Joseph Kahn effectively captured the underground battle rap scene for an entire full-length film. The pacing of the film drags a bit during the middle but all ends well with one of the greatest endings in filmmaking history. Bodied tells an interesting narrative about the two perspectives of rap and the offensive language used in it. If you are easily offended then this may not be the movie for you. As for me, I can’t wait to get BODIED again.
Bodied is currently only available on Youtube Premium so definitely check it out.
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