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They Cloned Tyrone: Trying not to Be a Copy of its Former Self.

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Storyline via IMDB:

A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio (John Boyega, Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper.


Review:

They Cloned Tyrone is a wanna be Jordan Peele film.

The Glen neighborhood here is a future dystopia where every conspiracy theory is treated as truth and old drunks are treated as prophets and sages. It’s an urban ghetto, mostly black, where whatever gets you by, illegal or legal, is the right thing.

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It’s no surprise that a drug dealer and prostitute are it’s main character and heroes. Both Fontaine (John Boyega), the drug dealer and the sex worker (Teyonah Parris) have hearts of gold under their rough exteriors. Fontaine takes care of his ill but never seen mom. He may also be a clone, since he was murdered and now walking around to the surprise of everyone in the Glen unharmed.

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The search for Fontaine’s true self and real identity is what spurs the murder mystery plot of They Cloned Tyrone. The Jordan Peele reveal— outside white forces are undermining the Glen folks rendering them slaves to capitalistic subliminal messages in their food, churches and their beauty products. Their only choices: assimilation or annihilation.

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Tyrone lives off its performances, as actors try to raise their characters above black stereotypes. The sci-fi plot constantly sinks their efforts. It exists in the entirely familiar, never moving beyond its blackploitation flick influences. It makes They Cloned Tyrone just another fading copy of a copy. Jordan Peele need not worry.

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They Cloned Tyrone gets a 3.0 out of 5 or a B.


Credits:

Directed by

Juel Taylor

Written by

  • Tony Rettenmaier
  • Juel Taylor

Produced by

  • Charles D. King
  • Stephen “Dr.” Love
  • Tony Rettenmaier
  • Juel Taylor
    • Datari Turner

Starring

Cinematography

Ken Seng

Edited by

Saira Haider

Music by

  • Desmond Murray
  • Pierre Charles

Production

company

MACRO Media

Distributed by

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Release dates

  • June 14, 2023(ABFF)
  • July 21, 2023(Netflix)

Running time

119 minutes

Country

United States

Language

English


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