Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones‘ Caught on Tape (2012) is unique in that it is an urban action musical–if there is such a thing. The characters within the film recite all of their lines in rap format to different tracks, just as in another film directed by Jones–A Day in the Life (2009). Innovative as it is, the film doesn’t hold viewer attention for long, and the music featured is mediocre. However, there may be something in it for fans of Vivica A. Fox, Cedric the Entertainer, and Sticky Fingaz to enjoy.
“A young boy uses his video camera that he got for his birthday to spy on his mother’s boyfriend, who’s plotting a crime. Mix in a nosy neighbor, jealous fiancé, shady maintenance man, a UPS driver with a heist gone horribly wrong and you’re bound to have some drama.” IMDb
A young boy, a video camera, and a bank robbery gone wrong set the stage for this hip-hop musical drama. With nothing to go out on but video footage, Detectives Roberts (Malik Yoba) and Brown (David Marciano) interrogate Mark (Jones), the sole surviving member of a heist crew. But as the inquiries deepen and the story unravels, the conspiracy is revealed, and Mark will find out he was Caught on Tape…or was he?
As mentioned, the characters recite their lines in rap format. Some of the rhyming is clever, and others left to be desired. The only standout character in the film is its lazy “Maintenance Man,” Cedric the Entertainer. Thankfully, he offers the only successful bit of humor to the film otherwise raunchy and violent atmosphere. The other cast members serve as background fodder or booming criminals. The entire film is only seventy minutes long, make for perplexing entertainment with a mix of pop culture. Kel Mitchell (Kenan and Kel) makes a cameo appearance in the film.
Caught on Tape will leave as it arrived, quietly.
Caught on Tape special features include:
- Stills Gallery
- Widescreen Presentation
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
- Spanish Subititles
Images and synopsis courtesy of Caught On Tape/Sticky Fingers