First Trailer for Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' Featuring Samuel L. Jackson

November 3, 2015
Source: IMDb

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

"Welcome to Chi-Raq! Land of pain, misery and strife." Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions have debuted the official trailer for Chi-Raq, the new Spike Lee Joint that's hitting limited theaters this fall. Samuel L. Jackson narrates and introduces this film, and the full ensemble cast features Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Anya Engel-Adams, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Dave Chappelle. It's described as a modern adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes, but it's actually a look at the violence and murders in Chicago, and how the people can fight back together.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Spike Lee's new film Chi-Raq, from IMDb (on YouTube):

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq Poster

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world. Chi-Raq is directed by provocative American filmmaker Spike Lee, of Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Oldboy, Red Hook Summer, Miracle at St. Anna, and Lovers & Haters most recently. The screenplay is by Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott. Amazon Studios + Roadside Attractions will release Spike Lee's Chi-Raq starting December 4th this fall.

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Why do I get the feeling that this will be really slow, and all the hyped up parts are only in this trailer.... I'm not sold. Since Inside Man, I can't remember the last time I ventured out to see a Spike Lee Joint

Joker's hideout on Nov 3, 2015


No matter how you slice it, what is happening in Chicago is absolutely terrible and I for one applaud Spike for trying to shed further light on the situation there. A lot of people say it is a land without hope, but without any effort we cannot expect change, whether this film stinks it up or not doesn't matter, it's already a win for me. Stop the violence.

Matthew on Nov 3, 2015


This is actually a pretty interesting concept. Mixing the sad truth and the comedic bits should make for a good film.

DAVIDPD on Nov 3, 2015


You are obviously not from Chicago

Ty Webb on Nov 5, 2015


Indeed. I am sure it would be much more poignant if I was.

DAVIDPD on Nov 6, 2015


Not sure if it was wise to cast Nick Cannon

Trey on Nov 3, 2015


is... is that Dave Chappelle?

Dan Hibiki on Nov 4, 2015


Fuck you Spike Lee and making a joke about the murders in Chicago. What a dumpster fire of a concept for a movie.

Ty Webb on Nov 5, 2015


Spike Lee is really dropping the ball here. He is just recreating a old Greek comedy and needed a violent city for the setting. Im from Chicago and no one talks, dresses, or is as corny as this trailer. Nick Cannon?! You have to be kidding me.

Reason Season on Nov 12, 2015


This honest review is what everyone should see before commenting on this film:

Eman's Movie Reviews on Dec 5, 2015

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