(T.I., Evan Ross, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2006 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.
DVD Verdict: The movie 'ATL' is not a movie about T.I.'s life. This movie is about a young man (Rashad), that grows up in a Atlanta neighborhood trying to do the right thing. Growing up in Atlanta I can relate to the movie because on Sunday nights we went to the skating rink like other cities yes we have the hood but damn we do have other positive things to do than get in trouble with the rest of the crowd and that is what he and his friend are trying to avoid. This movie was not supposed to be another gangsta movie like Boyz N The Hood or Juice. And as far as the ongoing comments on T.I. being in his 20's, yes he is but other actors/actresses play younger parts than their actual age. I hope my review will help people realize that this is not about his life, but is just a role that he undertook. I think that T.I. did a good job by this being his first role in a movie. A little too casual perhaps (the pacing sometimes lags), but with a lively mix of color and music, ATL manages to be positive and hopeful without sanitizing the harsher realities (including drugs and violence) of modern urban America. There are threats and obstacles to overcome, but ATL is all about potential, striving for goals and accepting responsibility for one's own actions. Between this and Get Rich or Die Tryin', which example would you prefer to follow? This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
T.I. "What You Know" music video
In the Rink: A Director's Journey