Never Die Alone
DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring DMX, David Arquette, Michael Ealy, Drew Sidora, Antwon Tanner, Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister Jr.
Written By: Donald Goines (novel), James Gibson (screenplay)
Directed By: Ernest R. Dickerson
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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I like some of DMX’s music and thought Cradle to the Grave was okay but I just didn’t really think this movie was that good.
Never Die Alone is about some Drug Lord named King David (DMX) returning home, and settling some debts and feuds, but things get ugly when, well the guy gets killed by some revival gang members looking for some revenge. But some newspaper journalist tries to help King David and brings him to the hospital. He gets a bunch of money for helping him out I guess and slowly starts to wonder why this man died. He listens to a bunch of King David tapes about his past, and eventually you find out why he was killed.
I don’t know, but I didn’t really like this movie. It was kind of boring to me. The beginning was cool but then the main character dies so it’s like, why should I continue with this? And the DVD back cover makes it seem like David Arquette and DMX are acting together but they are in 1 scene together. I believe this is based on a story/book/whatever so maybe that’s a little more interesting than this movie. All the flashbacks were kind of dumb and served no real purpose til the end of the movie, but then again, they had to show what kind of a creep DMX’s character was. It was kind of nice to see David Arquette actually not playing a complete imbecile for a change. I liked the character of the scar face dude, who plays an important part in the story. I don’t think DMX is a bad actor, actually think he’s a good actor, I just think he’s pretty 1- dimensional and seems to be playing the tough drug dealer/cop/bad guy character in every movie he has done so far. He should do a comedy to break up the typecasting. I just think after the first half hour of the movie, I was getting less interested in the overall movie.
Extras on here include full length commentary with DMX and the director Ernest Dickerson, 11 deleted scenes which show more scenes with David Arquette’s character, and a few more flashback scenes of King David. Not bad, but not that great either. There’s also a making-of featurette on this DVD but I didn’t check it out. One thing I hate about certain DVDs is there is some extras on one side, and then you have to flip them over to see more extras. I guess they ran out of room on the one side of the disc. That’s something that needs to be fixed though in future DVDs.
Overall, I thought the movie was okay but I was getting pretty bored with it. David Arquette and DMX acted their parts well, I just never got interested in the story.
– Full-Length Audio Commentary by DMX and Director Ernest Dickerson
– 11 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Ernest Dickerson
– Making Of Featurette
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic) Standard 1.33:1 Color
Favorite Scenes: I liked the first half hour.
Rating: Rated R
Running Time: 0 minutes