Movie Of the Week-True To The Game
True To The Game
Screenwriter Writer: Nia Hill Based on the Novel by Teri Woods
Director: Preston A. Whitmore II
Starring: Vivica A. Fox
Columbus Short does an excellent job portraying the lead male character in what I hope will be a movie series just like the books. Columbus plays Quadir Richards a millionaire business owner, drug dealer trying to get out of the game. When Quadir meets Gina Hollins, she is unlike most of the women he deals with who just want him for his money or whatever they can get from him or because of him. Gina was once one of those girls but left that life behind to go to school to become a writer. Her lack of interest in Quadir makes him want her that much more, and so he knows that he will have to show interest in her mind to reach her heart. It is a wishful love story typical of the genre.
Quadir is pursued by Jerrell who wants in on Quadir’s connections and refuses to take no for an answer. When Jerrell kills one of Quadir’s top dealers to get his attention Quadir knows that getting out of the game will be a little harder than he had anticipated. Jerrell decides that Quadir is still not paying him enough attention, so he kidnaps Gina. Quadir gets his girl back but loses a young friend, his sister in law and his life to do it.
True To The Game was entertaining for the price of the ticket, but Gina is played by a newcomer caused unnecessary tensions throughout the film. Gina played by Erica Peeples appeared too old for her character and therefore gave a sense of awkwardness in many of the scenes that caused a lack of connection with the viewer.
Nelsan Ellis, may he rest in peace and Columbus Short was definitely the veterans that this movie needed. We could have seen more of Vivica Foxx to understand her role in Quadir’s drug family better, but we got the just of it.
I would watch this film again on Redbox, and I would see part two in hopes that some of the issues in part one were smoothed out.
If you haven’t read the books, I encourage you to check them out. You won’t be sorry.