SNIPES (2003) A slimy record exec ("Oz's" Winters in a one-note role) wrongfully accuses his wide-eyed 17-year-old snipe (for the hip-hop unhip, snipes are record-company lackeys who…
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SNIPES (2003)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Feb 25, 2003; Genre: Drama; With: Sam Jones

A slimy record exec (''Oz's'' Winters in a one-note role) wrongfully accuses his wide-eyed 17-year-old snipe (for the hip-hop unhip, snipes are record-company lackeys who poster cities with album hype) of plotting to kidnap the label's rap star (bandageless rapper Nelly) and holding the master recordings for ransom. Instead of just coming clean, innocent Erik (''Smallville's'' Sam Jones III) breaks free of logical plot restraints, confessing, escaping, and attempting to rescue the tapes himself. Director-cowriter Rich Murray sharply lenses his feature debut, but leaves his ripped-from-the headlines plot full of fatal holes.

Originally posted Feb 28, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints