|Rating: 5.6/10 (2,203 votes)
Director: Spike Lee
Writer: Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, Aristophanes (play)
Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett
Runtime: 127 min
Released: 04 Dec 2015
|Plot: A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.|
Chi-Raq (/ʃaɪˈræk/) is a 2015 American satirical musical drama film directed by Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film is a satire that touches on the gang violence prevalent in some neighborhoods on the city’s south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood. The story is based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, a Classical Greek comedy play in which women withhold physical affection from their husbands as punishment for fighting in the Peloponnesian War. It stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.
It was the first film to be produced by Amazon Studios, released in select theaters on December 4, 2015 and on their video on demand service Amazon Instant Video on December 29.