TIFF 2017 Movie Review: BODIED (USA 2017) ***1/2

Festival Reviews

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

Bodied Poster
A progressive graduate student finds success and sparks outrage when his interest in battle rap as a thesis subject becomes a competitive obsession.

Director:

Joseph Kahn

Writers:

Joseph Kahn (story), Joseph Kahn

Stars:

Calum WorthyJackie LongRory Uphold

A film about battle rap, I almost walked out within the first 10 minutes not being a fan of this brutal sport. But music video director Kahn’s film increases in intensity while drawing the audience into the world of battle rapping. By the end of the film, one would not only have a more insightful view of the sport but be entertained as well.

The film begins with a battle with explanations of certain terms used by a…

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