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Deon Barnes is a college running back with a fierce combination of blazing speed and stunning power. At the pinnacle of his college football career and gearing up to start a successful NFL one, life unexpectedly takes a turn and what was once easy and natural becomes unattainable. With his football career in serious jeopardy, Deon begins to realize a startling truth…he is not the man he thought he was. Equipped with this newfound information, Deon sets out to better himself by reuniting his family and picking up the pieces of his life.
"All Things Fall Apart" is the story of a football player who seems to have a bright future ahead of him in the NFL only to find out that he has cancer and will never be able to play the game again. On the inside Deon seems like a good person but he uses is fame to chase women and disrespect his family, in particular his brother. When his world comes crashing down on him he finally realizes that there is more to life and family and he sets out to make things right.
This is a touching story about one man's fall from the spotlight but it could of been so much better. Written by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Curtis also stars in the film as Deon. I give him a lot of credit for not only writing the story but also talking the role so serious. 50 Cent weighed 160 pounds when he portrayed the cancer-stricken Deon. The rapper went through a nine-week liquid diet and went on a treadmill three hours a day, losing his entire muscular frame. He has gained more than 40 pounds back after filming wrapped. But it's his acting ability that ultimately drags the film down. In a role such as this you have to be a able to speak your lines well and bring the right emotions to the character and he just doesn't have that ability to pull it off. But things are not all bad here, Lynn Whitfield is terrific as his mother and is easily the film's bright spot. Mario Van Peebles also gives a good performance as well as Ray Liotta in his limited role as Deon's doctor. If you like a good drama "All Things Fall Apart" is worth checking out but it could of been something special had they chosen a better male lead to play Deon. I do give 50 Cent credit for making this film but he just doesn't have the acting chops to pull it off. Worth checking out though for Whitfield's performance alone.
Released by Image Entertainment
*** Out Of *****