Dope Game 2 Release Date: 28 October 2003 (USA) Genre: Action | Crime Director: Ed Quiroz & Jose Quiroz (both of Dope Game, Drug Lordz) Writer: Ed Quiroz & Jose Quiroz (both of Dope Game, Drug Lordz) Staring: David Dyno Rocha, Jose Rosete, David Petersen For the past five years, rap moguls Ed & Jose […]

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Dope Game 2
Release Date: 28 October 2003 (USA)
Genre: Action | Crime
Director: Ed Quiroz & Jose Quiroz (both of Dope Game, Drug Lordz)
Writer: Ed Quiroz & Jose Quiroz (both of Dope Game, Drug Lordz)
Staring: David Dyno Rocha, Jose Rosete, David Petersen

For the past five years, rap moguls Ed & Jose Quiroz have been performing a deed that seems simple in practice, but a further glance into the market reveals the opposite. Using money from their work producing rap albums, the pair of brothers have managed to make competent, fun, and low budget urban films. While none of their films have been great by any means, it’s undeniably been an interesting ride watching their work mature. Their latest offering in the genre is a sequel to their third film, The Dope Game. Dope Game 2: Cokeland showcases just how good a film can be that features a miniscule budget, lack of crew, and a simplistic script when you have two directors that know what they want, and how they want it done.

Oakland, California is one of the largest drug centers in the United States. Many urban films have been based there in the past, and Dope Game 2 is another in a long list of films to center itself on corruption within the police. Here, we’re presented with four cops of a drug task force, all of who are tired of working a difficult job for such a poor paycheck. As a result, they steal from, and kill, local drug dealers, turning around and selling their stash to street scum. To them, their wildly successful plan is foolproof. Only problem is that a high-powered dealer wants his drugs back, and unlike the dirty cops, they have no rules to abide in their search for street justice.

Dope Game 2 is made with the wild veracity that so many urban films lack. Drug dealers vs. police officers is, no doubt in my mind, a tired plot device. The Quiroz brothers, though, have created an excellent blueprint of what anyone seeking distribution with a company like York Entertainment should follow. Let’s face it; the majority of those who plan to fund, direct, write, and find distribution for a film themselves aren’t always aficionados of the film industry. Describing it accurately is a daunting task, but Ed & Jose’s films are almost always a step above their neighbors on the shelf, and Dope Game 2 is no different.

Ed & Jose still haven’t made the perfect urban film, though. For one, hints of the film’s low budget are too obvious to ignore. At a brisk eighty minutes, with about ten minutes of that coming from rap montages that are much too long, Dope Game 2 leaves you wanting just a tad bit more. Plus, the script has the same dialogue problems that the majority of urban material suffers from. It’s as if they’re try so valiantly to make the film ‘street’ that it falls on deaf ears at times when the language really matters. Small problems aside, Dope Game 2 is a gem in the world of urban films, if not an unpolished one.

Keep your eyes open for a cute insert, as one of the drug dealers is reading a magazine with an ad at the bottom congratulating the directors on behalf of MTI and Delta Entertainment.

DVD: Screener DVD be damned. Outtakes, a “never before scene Darkroom Familia music video with Sir Dyno,” and the standard features round the product out.

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