Freelancers – Review

Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson as Malo stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Freelancers

One day, I’m going to make a good movie…

Freelancers (2012) is a crime drama starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Robert DeNiro, and Forest Whitaker. The film’s events surround a rogue faction of the NYPD that engages in corrupt behavior including racial profiling, money hoarding, and letting drug dealers off the hook as they benefit this secret group. Due to the superstar cast, one would assume this would be a decent, exciting film from first glance at the synopsis. Instead, Freelancers is a sub-par crime drama teeming with one-dimensional characters that unsuccessfully relies heavily on placated drama  and obscenities to create intensity.

Malo (50 Cent) was a former drug dealer as a young man in partnership with his two best friends AD (Malcom Goodwin) and Lucas (Ryan O’Nan). The trio managed to have strings pulled in the department assisted by Lydia (Dana Delany), the widow of a former prosecutor–in exchange for “favors”. Malo wishes to follow in the footsteps of his late father, who was also a police officer. Captain Vic Sarcone (DeNiro) was his father’s boss and quickly lured Jonas into a world filled with corruption and seedy connections and finds himself in conflict with his morals of staying on the right side of the law.

Or die trying.

From left to right Malcolm Goodwin as AD, left, Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson as Malo, center and Ryan O'Nan as Lucas, right star in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Freelancers

DeNiro has limited screen time compared to Whitaker and 50 Cent, and this is one of the many mishaps of Freelancers. Easily, DeNiro yields a powerful performance–the only powerful performance in the entire film, and Whitaker’s role as a cocaine addicted cop was a bit distressing to witness. O’Nan’s character Lucas stood out as the weakest link of the cast, and any scene with him in it immediately became nearly beyond reproach. Even the secondary characters–the other cops and criminals were ineffective and contributed to an already diminishing plot in addition, to the films weak dialogue.

There was a bit of romance in the story, but it is hazardously strung together followed by nude women and rap music. Overall, the film seemed to rush through the story–perhaps to hurry the film along so as not to notice the many apparent gaps in the script. One half of the film is Malo enjoying his new lifestyle the other is him having doubts and deciding to fight against his mentor, which you seen coming a mile away. His friends weren’t very independent in their own character roles. They only served to remind Malo of his former commitments, and went along with whatever he decided.

Freelancers is watchable. Fans of 50 Cent and DeNiro movies may still want to check it out.

The Freelancers DVD includes special features and audio commentary from director Jessy Terrero and actor Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson as well as extended interviews and behind the scenes interviews with the filmmakers and cast. 

Special features include:

  • Commentary with director Jessy Terrero and actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
  • Deleted scenes
  • Behind the scenes with interviews
  • Extended interviews with cast and crew
  • Trailer Gallery
  • Widescreen Presentation
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
  • Optional English and Spanish Subtitles

Source: Lionsgate Home Entertainment 

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2 stars
  • Poor

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Review Summary:

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Get Rich or Die Tryin') adds to his growing resume as an actor with his portrayal of Malo, the son of a slain NYPD officer who joins the force only to discover the villainous story behind his father's death.

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