(Photo: Matthew Pierson Jr.)
If you can get past noted documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield ‘s stereotypical white guy pronunciation of Tupac as “Tupack,” you’ll find that Biggie and Tupac is an engrossing experience that gets stronger as it goes on.
The film explores the theory that Suge Knight had Pac and Biggie killed. Not only that, but the film also delves into allegations of LAPD involvement in Big’s murder. Clearly an outsider to rap (even though the scenes of him driving from place to place are set to Gang Starr music), Mr. Broomfield nevertheless dives head first into trying to get answers. There are brief moments of unintended comedy as in the few instances where sudden technical problems arise or when Bloomfield is doing anything he can to get the story (including telling one ex-cop that the camera isn’t rolling when it is), but this is serious business, as he sets out to track down the shooter in the Biggie case. The filmmaker is relentless in his task, interviewing former police and bodyguards (some of whom seem to be relishing the attention just a bit too much) as well as people close to the slain rappers, notably Ms. Voletta Wallace , Lil Cease , and Mopreme .
Bloomfield effectively uses some of the lesser seen footage of Pac and Big, along with some grisly crime evidence, throughout. It all leads to fingers being pointed at dirty cops and even the FBI (the scene in which the director calls a Bureau photographer is priceless). For the finale, the film crew makes an unannounced visit to Suge in prison, who at the time had been incarcerated for five years. (“The camera person dropped out for self-preservation,” Bloomfield informs us.) Needless to say, this is compelling viewing. (Rest in peace, Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace.)
Directed by Nick Broomfield.
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