A superlative B movie – funny, sexy, and rousing. It does more than capture the excitement of marching bands; it gets their clockwork beauty as well. The director, Charles Stone III, keeps the tensions flowing – between the rivals on the field, between rap rhythm and old-school soul. Devon Miles (Nick Cannon), the new snare drummer at A&T University in Atlanta, is a hotshot who has to learn to be a team player. Drumline, in other words, is unabashedly a kind of collegiate Top Drum, but the film is exceedingly well acted, and the on-the-field scenes are photographed with such vibrance that you feel as if you’re standing in the nerve center of a glittering funk machine.
Genre: Comedy, Musical; Starring: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts; Director: Charles Stone; Author: Tina F. Chism, Shawn Schepps; Release Date Wide: 12/13/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 119; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Posted January 10 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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