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They Cloned Tyrone (2023) Movie Review: Blending genres into one

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They Cloned Tyrone (2023) Movie Review: Blending genres into one

movie They cloned Tyrone it has an interesting premise with a combination of different genres that makes it not only entertaining but also seems complex and heavy with various issues related to the black community in America.

Synopsis They Cloned Tyrone

Tyrone Fontaine (John Boyega) is a drug dealer in the town of Glen. He was shot while accepting money from a pimp named Slick (Jamie Foxx) who was being dumped by his sex worker, Yo-Yo (Teyonah Parris).

the movie They Cloned Tyrone
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But the next day, Fontaine who returned alive with no memory of what happened, returned to Slick’s house to get the money where Slick told him he had been shot after taking the money the night before.

All three Yo-Yo, Fontaine and Slick find out what happened to Fontaine being shot earlier. Until they finally found a secret government lab in the underground city of Glen.

Clash of theme, setting and plot

Before it hits the scene, this film is equipped with a simple but heavy premise; what if a drug dealer, pimp, and commercial sex worker discovered a government lab testing the cloning of black people?

This science fiction film is presented by combining different genres, ranging from horror and mystery, science fiction, to satirical comedy. A mix that may be less likely to work. But this movie is different.

Fontaine, Yo-Yo, and Slick in They Cloned Tyrone
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Film written and directed by Joel Taylor who is known as a writer for films Creed II (2018) combines different elements in one film that differ in tone, soundtrack, and plot dynamics. A fresh mix from the original film between sequels and Hollywood remakes.

It opens with the everyday drama of the townspeople of Glen, which looks like 1970s America, turns into a satirical comedy of middle-class society, until it turns into a sci-fi mystery about government conspiracies.

Even the timing in this film cannot be explained. You’ve got a retro wardrobe of quirky classic colors, down to President Obama and modern Spongebob references, but still filled with old-school cars and even flip-flops.

John Boyega and Teyonah Parris in They Cloned Tyrone
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But out of all this mix, the trio of Jamie Foxx with a typical one-liner, John Boyega who is melancholy and has a high emotional range, and Parris who serves as the head of the investigation brings the audience together with their chemistry that supports each other.

Part of a neo-blaxploitation movie

It is not difficult to classify this film as neo-blaxploitation. Blaxploitation itself is part of the era of low-budget (usually) indie films in the 1970s made by black crews for black audiences. The films are usually attached to themes about crime, sex, drugs and social issues.

While the term neo-blaxploitation refers to the return of the blaxploitation movement which is commonly found in modern films today. And the movie They Cloned Tyrone is a newcomer that offers the audience this topic with the right satire Sorry to bother you (2018).

Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris and John Boyega
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Presented with the aesthetic of a brightly colored 70s blaxploitation film, Juel Taylor raises social issues by satirizing the lives of black and middle-class people through the stereotypes and injustices they experience. Like in this movie: used as experimental material for the government.

The delivery of this satire is done succinctly and purposefully, without making this film too boring. Juel jumps from one issue to another seamlessly, keeping the audience from knowing what awaits them in a narrative that gradually becomes stranger, but still interesting.

John Boyega and Jamie Foxx
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Perhaps what makes you most curious is the open end. Juel seemed to be in a rush to stop this movie without the epilogue the audience wanted; there is no explanation of what actually happened in the city. Is this a sign of plans for a second film?

movie They cloned Tyrone mixing many genres and plots into one story. But instead of being confusing, the execution feels coherent and presents a story that feels fresh in a satirical critique of what the black middle class is going through, especially in America.

Genre: Science Fiction

Director: Joel Taylor

Penulis Naskah: Joel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier

Cast: John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris

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The movie They Cloned Tyrone mixes many genres and plots into one story. But instead of being confusing, the execution feels coherent and presents a story that feels fresh in a satirical critique of what the black middle class is going through, especially in America.

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